Malaysian PM Mahatir Muhammad had a surprise for Pakistanis in his UNGA Speech
NEW YORK – Malaysian PM Mahatir Muhammad had a surprise for Pakistanis in his UNGA Speech when he hit out against India over invading an occupying the Kashmir region.
It came as a big surprise as no such sentiments and speeches were delivered by either Saudi Arabia or Iran or other close allies of Pakistan in the Gulf.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad minced no words in calling out India over the atrocities being committed in occupied Kashmir.
In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, the Malaysian leader called India as invader and occupying the Kashmiri land.
He called for immediate settling the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan through “peaceful means”.
The Malaysian premier regretted that despite the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, it has been ‘invaded and occupied’, saying there may be reasons for this action but it is still wrong.
“The problem must be solved through peaceful means,” Mahathir said adding, “Ignoring the UN would lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the rule of law.”
On the lingering question of Palestine, the Malaysian prime minister said the first action of the United Nations was the creation of the State of Israel, seizing Arab land and expelling 90 per cent of the Arab population. The result was terrorism when there was none before, or not on the present scale, he said.
Mahathir acknowledged that Malaysia accepts Israel as a fait accompli but cannot accept Jewish settlements or occupation of Jerusalem.
Muslims, he said, are accused of terror even if they did nothing, their States are destabilized by regime change.