OIC contact group hears IIOJK cry

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – September 22, 2020
ISLAMABAD: On the request of the foreign minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the members of the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) contact group on Jammu and Kashmir met for an informal meeting in New York, Monday, to discuss the worsening human rights’ situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

According to an official statement, the permanent representatives of Pakistan, ambassador Munir and the permanent representatives of Saudi Arabia, Niger and Azerbaijan attended the meeting.

The OIC secretary general was represented by the permanent representative of the OIC observer mission to the united nations (UN), ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev.

The members of the contact group reviewed recent developments relating to Jammu and Kashmir, including the grave human rights’ and humanitarian situation in the IIOJK and the tensions along the line of control (LoC).

Conveying the special message of FM Qureshi, the permanent representative of Pakistan, ambassador Munir Akram stated that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime in India was implementing what its rulers had themselves called a “final solution”.

It was engaged in systematically engineering a demographic change in IIOJK through new domicile rules.

The issuance of 1.6 million domicile certificates (since March) was meant to change the demography of IIOJK from a Muslim majority into Hindu majority territory.

In another attempt to obliterate the Muslim identity of occupied Jammu and Kashmir the status of Urdu language was being changed under a new legislation.

Indian claims of “normalcy” in IIOJK were fallacious.

The joint communication by 18 special mandate holders of the human rights council issued last month had termed the human rights’ situation in IIOJK as “free fall”.

Hundreds of young Kashmiris were extra judicially killed in “fake encounters” and “cordon and search operations” while the Indian security forces continued to enjoy complete impunity under black laws like armed forces special powers act (APSPA) and the public safety act (PSA).

FM Qureshi in his special message also sensitised the OIC contact group that India had intensified its belligerent rhetoric against Pakistan, including threats of military aggression.

In 2020 alone, India had so far committed over 2,200 ceasefire violations (CFVs).

There was a tangible threat of further escalation as India might conduct another “false flag” operation to justify renewed aggression against Pakistan, posing a serious threat to regional peace and security.

To this end, FM Qureshi emphasised that it was imperative for India to: immediately lift its inhumane military siege and rescind illegal actions taken since August 5; remove restrictions on communications, movement and peaceful assembly; release incarcerated political leaders; free arbitrarily detained Kashmiris; reverse new domicile rules; remove draconian security laws; prosecute military and civilian personnel involved in massive human rights violations; and allow unhindered access to the OIC, independent permanent human rights commission (IPHRC) and united nations (UN) fact finding missions and the international media to investigate the human rights’ violations in IIOJK.

Reaffirming the OIC’s principled position on the issue, all members of the contact group spoke and expressed deep concern at the continued violations by India of the fundamental human rights in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Recalling its ministerial communiques of September 25, 2019, and June 22, 2020, the group members fully endorsed the recommendations of the foreign minister of Pakistan which were essential for immediate de-escalation.

The contact group also asked the UN secretary-general, the UN security council and the UN human rights council to call on India to halt the human rights’ violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, rescind the unilateral and illegal measures taken on and after August 5, 2019 and to implement the UN security council resolutions calling for a plebiscite to enable the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination.