Kashmiri women, children living in armed cage, Pakistan tells UN

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Shafaqna Pakistan:For Kashmiri people life under India’s brutal occupation is to “live in an armed cage in the silence of a graveyard,” according to Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly’s third committee on Tuesday, Ambassador Lodhi pointed out that since Aug 5, when India annexed occupied Jammu and Kashmir, “a large number of children have been picked up in night-time raids. Harrowing stories abound of widespread torture and arbitrary arrests; of how thousands, including children have been taken away from their homes, without any trace.”

She focused on the “grim reality” facing children in Indian occupied Kashmir, under a repressive lockdown for over two months now, and called on the world community and Unicef, the UN’s children agency, to come to their aid.

The Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural matters, held a debate this week on the advancement of women and Ms Lodhi took advantage of the theme to urge UN diplomats also to have a closer look at women and children living under foreign occupation.

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