Pakistan seeks world’s collective action to protect Palestinians & Kashmiris

Diplomatic CirclePakistan seeks world’s collective action to protect Palestinians & Kashmiris

NEW YORK: The Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Ambassador Aamir Khan delivered statement at the Special Meeting on the “Social and Economic Measures to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”.

The ambassador emphasized the importance of enabling circumstances and potential triggers of conflict around the world as grievances over inequitable distribution of power and re-sources appear to be a fundamental motivating factor in the commission of mass violence against ethnic, sectarian, or political groups.


While mentioning the socio-economic risk factors, the most common remain; situations of armed conflict, extreme poverty and defamation and political, economic or social injustice, Ambassador Aamir Khan noted with concern that “societies that have already experienced serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law or atrocity crimes, or where these are currently taking place, can be more prone to further atrocity crimes”.

“These are typically violations of civil and political rights but they may include also severe restrictions to economic, social and cultural rights, often linked to patterns of discrimination of certain groups, populations or individuals” he said.

Ambassador Aamir Khan drew attention to one specific circumstance where provisions of the principle of protection should apply in “situations of foreign occupation or alien domination, which can easily spiral into genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

“We would request the views of those who propagate the R2P concept on the need for collective action to protect the people of occupied Palestine or of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” he insisted.

“For more than seven decades, India has, through force and fraud, denied the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people, in violation of multiple resolutions of the Security Council prescribing a free and fair plebiscite,” said Ambassador Khan.

The ambassador also expressed concern on a systematic campaign under way in India by the ruling adherents of Hindutva, saying ” Muslims are murdered by lynch mobs, subjected to periodic pogroms and robbed of their livelihoods and citizenship, under the patronage and with the encouragement of the ruling BJP-RSS government”.

Ambassador Aamir Khan mentioned a BBC documentary has also examined the pogrom against Muslims during riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002.

“This had “all the hallmarks of an ethnic cleansing” according to the Documentary,” he added.

“Noticing this dangerous trend, Professor Gregory Stanton, the founder of Genocide Watch, has warned that a genocide of Muslims could very well happen in India,” he said.

“Such crimes fall squarely within the ambit of the World Summit’s decisions on the responsibility to protect,” he said.

“The concept of “Responsibility to Protect (R2P)”, as articulated in paras-138 and 139 of the World Summit Outcome documents, continues to evoke varying perspectives as well as conflicting interpretations”.

Ambassador Aamir Khan expressed deep concern that even after several years, a consensus on the scope of the principle has not been achieved and its application remains driven solely by political considerations.

“It is obvious that we need further objective discussion on the application of the R2P concept. Pakistan looks forward to such a discussion,” he concluded.

Mati-Ullah is the Online Editor For DND. He is the real man to handle the team around the Country and get news from them and provide to you instantly.

Must read

Recent News

Will petrol price be further dropped in Pakistan?

The federal government is set to announce the prices of petroleum products tonight for the next fortnight from June 16-30, 2024.By June 14, media...

Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 14 June 2024

Interbank Exchange Rates in Pakistan The Interbank Closing Exchange Rate in Pakistan has been issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for June 14,...

Mohsin Naqvi visits Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s residence for political engagement

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: A day after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the residence of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-FF) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Islamabad, the...

Ambassador Tirmizi, UAE Minister agree to address issues related to health insurance for Pakistani...

DUBAI, UAE: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Faisal Niaz Tirmizi held a meeting with the UAE Minister of Human Resources and...

Pakistan dispatches another consignment of relief goods for Gaza

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has said that in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza, Pakistan...