Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, met UN Security Council President, Joanna Wronecka and briefed her on the deepening crisis in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Maleeha Lodhi said, have led to shortages of food, medicine and essential supplies for over a million Kashmiri people, with no end in sight.
She told the UN official that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The humanitarian situation will become clearer once restrictions are lifted by the Indian authorities. This is not a crisis waiting to happen, she said, there is an even greater crisis waiting to erupt.
The Ambassador added that occupied territory has been turned into a large open-air prison, grossly violating human rights of the people.
She stated that thousands of Kashmiris, including business leaders, human rights defenders, elected representatives, teachers, students and children as young as 14, have been rounded up and whisked outside occupied Kashmir, without trace, according to reports coming out of the disputed state.
Earlier, Maleeha Lodhi urged the top UN peacekeeping official to take steps to enhance UNMOGIP’s monitoring along the LoC as Indian troops have been repeatedly violating it.
Maleeha Lodhi made a request during a meeting with Acting Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations Khalid Khairi in New York.
She said midnight raids by Indian forces have been intensified and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation prevails.
Earlier this week she briefed the UNGA president in detail about the the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) where the continuing curfew and lock down ‘is exacerbating the suffering of the Kashmiri people’.