Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai today welcomed the adoption of the Pakistan sponsored draft resolution on right to self-determination by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
“We hail Pakistan ambassador to United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi and Pakistan’s efforts to introduce its (Pakistan’s) resolution on the right of self-determination which was adopted unanimously in the UN with a record number of 83 countries co-sponsoring it,” Sehrai said in a statement.
The draft resolution, which reaffirms the right to self-determination for people who are subjected to colonial, foreign and alien occupation, and will now go up to the 193-member Assembly for official endorsement next month. The adoption of the resolution reaffirms that the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine is the fact to be respected and not removed or ignored,” Sehrai said, thanking the co-sponsors and UN for showing their “Firm and unwavering commitment to the right to self-determination for all oppressed nations and suffering people of Kashmir and Palestine.”
“The resolution reaffirms the continued relevance of the right to self-determination and sends a strong message of support to people of Kashmir and Palestine who still find themselves subjugated and oppressed. The resolution serves to focus the world attention on the struggle by people in Kashmir and Palestine for their inalienable right to self-determination,” Sehrai said.
He said, “The UN and UNSC have a moral and political obligation to the people of Kashmir as the promise made to us by the same institution to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir which has so far not been fulfilled. As a result, the humanity is suffering immensely for the last seven decades.”
Meanwhile, Sehrai also expressed his gratitude to Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen for organizing a seminar and photo exhibition on Kashmir and reiterating OIC’s full support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination.