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Pakistan is striving to mount diplomatic pressure on India to move towards resolving the Kashmir dispute based on United Nations Security Council resolutions.

This was stated by Pakistan's permanent envoy to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi while addressing a largely attended gathering at Pakistan House in New York.

Maleeha Lodhi said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif set the pace when he addressed the UN General Assembly's high-level session in September and made a clarion call for the grant of UN-pledged right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir. He had also called an end to the atrocities let loose by Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir.    

She said Pakistan mission at the United Nations will continue to steadfastly pursue the country's traditional stand on Kashmir.

Meanwhile, addressing UN General Assembly's Fourth Committee Maleeha Lodhi underscored the need for UN-sponsored political processes in the world's conflict regions to promote peace, as peacekeeping operations alone cannot establish lasting peace.

She said UN peacekeeping works best when it is supplemented with political process.

Ambassador Lodhi said Pakistan has contributed more than 150,000 peacekeeping personnel who had served 41 missions in 23 countries since 1950. 

She said countries contributing to peacekeeping missions should be consulted while making important decisions on this count.


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