Kashmir and Palestine disputes are UN’s most glaring, long-standing failures: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Kashmir and Palestine disputes are UN's most glaring, long-standing failures: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

The Jammu and Kashmir & Palestine disputes are UN’s (United Nations) most glaring & long-standing failures. The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi delivered the message on video call on Monday evening at UN’s 75th anniversary.

While addressing delegates at the UN headquarters in New York, Qureshi expressed that United Nations had only been discussing the matter to mock the sentiments of people and could not imp­lement its own resolutions.

The top Pakistan diplomat said  ‘the people of IIOJK (Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) still hope for the fulfillment of the commitment made to them by UN that they will be granted their right to self-determination.’

Addressing the UN’s role, Qureshi shared his opinion that UN being the global body needs a historic decision “to save future generations from the curse of war”. Therefore, UN needs to assure equal and fundamental rights of men and women and nations large and small and also to “promote better life in larger freedoms.”

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, however, expressed that the UN disqualified in the role as a body which was hope to the people suffering from war and shows notions of superiority of some over the others.

He warned that “the very forces that led to the Second World War, racism and fascism, were now “taking the shape of rising xenophobia and Islamo­phobia.”

The United Nations, founded in 1945, which is now celebrating its 75th diamond jubilee, adopted the Kashmir resolution since then. The minister went on to blame the UN for its failed resolutions and biased decisions; international cooperation, in the Kashmir issue, is minimal especially in the Security Council; force is threatened with abandon; critical treaties and contracts are designed to mislead the progress in the issue and protect the globe’s fragile environment.

UN has failed to unify humanity as it has been unable to resolve a dispute that has already caused several clashes between two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.

Pakistan has been consistently raising the Kashmir issue on different UN platforms over the years. Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Pakistani officials have been taking it forward, on multiple platforms, including at the United Nations General Assembly last year.

Qureshi also stressed Pakistan’s contributions to the world body.

Pakistan has served over 200,000 troops to 47 Missions in 26 countries and lost 157 lives of our bravest in the process.

He added that Pakistan has also hosted the prolonged and largest refugee population.

He ensured ‘Pakistan continues to bear without complaint, more than its fair share of burden.’

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