The deadly terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand is "another grim reminder" of rampant Islamophobia sweeping the world, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, told a gathering of delegates on Sunday.
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Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi says the deadly terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand was another grim reminder of the Islamophobia sweeping the world.
NEW YORK: The ongoing crisis with India means that Pakistan’s full focus has to be on its eastern frontier and that has implications for the nascent Afghan peace process, Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said.
Although she stopped short of saying this would affect Pakistans role in the process, her message was clear that the shift in focus could have that unintended results.
Our attention is going to be where we feel there is a military threat to us,” Ambassador Lodhi said in response to a question about the possible impact of the simmering India-Pakistan tensions stemming from the Kashmir dispute.Qatar offers mediation to de-escalate tensions between Pak, IndiaThat ongoing threat, she clarified, was from India.
The latest round of Afghan peace talks is taking place in Doha, Qatar, between Zalmay Khalilzad, the American special envoy, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader, who for the first time is taking a more direct role in the process.“Both (Afghanistan) and (Kashmir) issues are important in their own right.
But it is the eastern border, from where India attacked Pakistan. They sent planes into our territory.That’s a hot border,” the envoy added.“Afghanistan is a different situation.We would like that war to end. But we don’t perceive a threat from our western border.
It’s our eastern border from where we continue to perceive a threat.“We are in the midst of a very tense situation, a very fraught situation,” the Pakistani envoy continued.The Indian leadership is failing to respond to Prime Minister Imran Khans repeated gestures (for peace), which included freeing and releasing the Indian pilot.”The turmoil in Kashmir escalated on February 14, after a suicide bombing killed more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops in Kashmir.Pakistan categorically denied any involvement and offered to investigate, but India still went ahead and dropped bombs inside Pakistani territory.We kept asking the Indians to give us what you have and we will act on it, Ambassador Lodhi said, adding that only couple of days ago, the so-called dossier has been handed over Pakistan.Theresa May lauds PM Imran’s peace overtures amid Pak-India tensionsWe are examining that dossier to see if there is anything there on which we need to act, and we will act if there is any solid evidence, but we cannot act on the basis of allegations, she said.Replying to a question about Kashmir, the Pakistani envoy said the dispute has been there for the past 70 years.
“It has to be addressed, in its own right and (on) its own merits because it will remain an issue that will lead to repeated tensions between India and Pakistan and in any case, it is an issue that is on the Security Council agenda and it has resolutions that remain unimplemented.
ISLAMABAD : Pakistan has continued its diplomatic efforts to highlight Indian aggression and took the international community into confidence following India’s violation of the country’s airspace early Tuesday morning.
Qureshi spoke to UN chief Antonio Guterres on the phone on Wednesday and discussed the regional situation following Indias violation of Pakistani airspace on Tuesday.
We had concerns that the Indian government would try to disrupt regional peace to achieve political gains, said FM Qureshi, adding that we have kept the international community informed about out reservations and concerns.Qureshi also gave reference of his two letters to the UN chief on the matter.Indias act of aggression is a violation of UN charter and international diplomatic laws.The UN chief has reassured Pakistan of its complete support and cooperation.
Earlier, FM Qureshi in a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres invited his attention towards the deteriorating security situation in the region in the wake of violation of Pakistans airspace by India, Radio Pakistan reported.This aggressive act by India has severe repercussions for the regional peace and security, said Qureshi, and added that, The Indian government is issuing threatening statements in the aftermath of Pulwama incident on the pretext of terrorism, in order to divert the world opinion from its grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
FM Qureshi categorically stated that Pakistan reserves the right to take an appropriate action in self-defence.The foreign minister also briefed the members of the diplomatic corps about the Indian violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in Islamabad.He also informed the diplomatic corps that at approximately 0254 hours, 6-8 Indian Air Force (IAF) jets were effectively intercepted by Pakistani Air Force (PAF) Jets and forced to scuttle back. The IAF randomly releasing their ordnance which landed in an uninhabited remote area, the foreign minister informed.
FM Qureshi strongly refuted the Indian purported claims of having targeted a large terrorist camp and resultant causalities. Its completely absurd and is based on a false narrative designed to placate the Indian domestic audience.
FM Qureshi also wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Countries Dr Yousuf bin Ahmed.Qureshi, referring to his letter from February 24, highlighted the Indian violation of the LoC and threat it posed to regional stability.IAF jets violated the Pakistani airspace by entering from the Muzaffarabad sector, they were faced by the Pakistani air force and were forced to return.The Indian act of aggression is a violation of international laws and is an act of misadventure.
Pakistan reserves the right to respond in order to defend itself, the foreign minister stated in the letter.Qureshi also highlighted the secretary general to reconsider the invitation given by the UAE to Indian minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to attend the OIC meeting on March 1 as a special guest, saying that Pakistan would have to reconsider its stance regarding the summit, and asked the secretary general to review this situation.Reactions on Indias LoC violationPakistani Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi has also spread the countrys stance at the UN loud and clear, and said that, as a target of aggression, Pakistan will respond to India at a time and place of its choosing, Radio Pakistan reported.Ambassador Lodhi held a series of intense meetings with key diplomats and UN officials following Indias blatant violations of the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian war planes that worsened the already dangerous situation between the two countries.
She also gave interviews to representatives of international media.“We will not sit back,” she told BBC radio when asked whether Pakistan will respond to India’s attack.PAF chases away Indian jets after LoC airspace violationAmbassador Lodhi said that following the February 14 Pulwama attack in IoK, Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered investigation if actionable evidence was provided but none was forthcoming.The prime minister also proposed discussions and dialogue, but regrettably India responded by launching an attack on Pakistan in violation of UN Charter and international law, posing a threat to international peace and security.“This is not how countries act when responding to challenges,” the Pakistani envoy said.