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Pakistan voices concern over civilians being used as human shields

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Pakistan has said the civilians are being used as human shields in “occupied territories” instead of getting protection, an apparent reference to a 2017 incident of a man being used as a “human shield” by an Indian Army Major Letul Gogoi against alleged stone-pelters in Kashmir.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi speaking at a UN Security Council open debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict here yesterday, said civilians, who should be the primary subject of protection, have become the principal objects of attack.

She said the impact of armed conflicts on civilians is now no longer limited to collateral damage. “Targeted attacks, sexual violence, forced conscription and indiscriminate killings collectively paint an extremely bleak picture of the human costs of modern day armed conflict,” she said.

Lodhi added that the Geneva Conventions are violated, respect for human life violated, and civilians are used as human shields in occupied territories.

“Worse, perpetrators who commit such crimes are awarded honors by their military commands,” she said, alleging that “these crimes” continue to be perpetrated in Palestine and Kashmir.

Lodhi’s remarks were an apparent reference to the April 2017 incident in central Kashmir’s Budgam district in which Farooq Ahmed Dar, an embroidery artisan, was tied to a jeep by army major Letul Gogoi as a shield against alleged stone pelters.(Agencies)

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