Pakistan Asks UN to Protect Kashmiri Children from Attacks

Pakistan Asks UN to Protect Kashmiri Children from Attacks

Pakistan has asked the UN Security Council to take immediate action to protect children in conflict zones, particularly Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir.

UMMATIMES - In a written statement addressed to the UN Security Council, Munir Akram, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, said Indian troops deliberately targeted children with firearms.

“No grim reality is more stark than in IOJK [Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir] today. More than 300 innocent Kashmiris, including women and children, were killed in the Indian military operation," Akram said on Wednesday.

Earlier, on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also voiced concern over human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the Indian government to stop using weapons against children.

"I call on the [Indian] government to protect children, including stopping the use of weapons, ensuring that children are not in any contact with security forces, and supporting the Safe Schools Declaration and the Vancouver Principles," he said in the report. about children and conflict in the UN Security Council.

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the UN report and praised Guterres' efforts to document India's human rights abuses in Kashmir.

"Pakistan reiterates that the indiscriminate targeting of Kashmiris has caused injuries and even fatalities, which is a clear violation of human rights and humanitarian law," the ministry said on Twitter.

Islamabad also urges the international community to help oppressed children in Kashmir, while urging New Delhi to immediately stop its policies that go against its own obligations under international law.