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UN passes Pakistani resolution on right to self-determination

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday unanimously passed Pakistan’s resolution on the right to self-determination.

The committee deals with cultural, social and humanitarian issues.

“Introducing Pakistan’s resolution on the right of self-determination which was adopted unanimously by the UN’s Third Committee today with a record number of 83 countries cosponsoring it,” tweeted Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi.

“Cosponsorship by 83 countries of Pakistan’s resolution on self-determination was reaffirmation of the international community’s continued support for people’s right to self-determination as a fundamental human right,” she added.

Pakistan’s resolution deals with the right to self-determination by people who are occupied by foreign or colonial powers.

The draft resolution is expected to be passed onto the 193-member Assembly next month for official endorsement.

“Adoption of the resolution reaffirms the inviolability of the right to self-determination for all peoples without exception, including the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine,” Dr Maleeha Lodhi said while talking to APP.

“Pakistan has historically been a proud champion of self-determination, helping many states achieve independence. Our support for the right of peoples to self-determination against alien domination and foreign occupation remains undiminished.”

Eight more members supported the resolution this year, showing an increase in support for the principle of self-determination.

“It was the extensive exercise of this right during the latter half of the last century that effectively closed the dark chapter of colonisation and resulted in the emergence of many nation states that are represented here today,” Lodhi said and thanked the supporters for the “firm and unwavering commitment to the right to self-determination for all occupied, oppressed and suffering people of the world”.

“The General Assembly’s consistent support is commendable, as it reaffirms the continued relevance of the right to self-determination, and sends a strong message of support to peoples everywhere in the world who still find themselves subjugated and oppressed.”

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