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.
She also referred to a recent New York Times report – “Racing against death with both hands tied” – which showed how “the sick pay the price as India shuts down communication in Kashmir.”
The Indian occupation forces, the Pakistani envoy said, had snatched children from their mothers in the dead and darkness of the night. “They are then held incommunicado, and some children never return,” she added.
Ambassador Lodhi referred to a picture depicting the pain of a Kashmiri mother who could not save her son’s life because of the tight restrictions imposed on the occupied territory. The caption under the picture, published on NYT’s frontpage, said she could not call an ambulance either because of the lockdown.