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Pakistan has called upon international community to take practical steps for ending conflict-related sexual violence that poses a threat to world peace and security.

Speaking in a debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in the UN Security Council, Pakistan's permanent representative, Maleeha Lodhi, said several state and non-state actors have employed sexual abuse as a deliberate policy to suppress entire populations.

She said we see such grave situation in occupied Kashmir where Indian forces are attempting to crush a resolute struggle by Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

The envoy said the best way to eliminate conflict-related sexual violence is to prevent and resolve these conflicts.

She regretted that those who commit sexual violence are often not fully held accountable.

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