NEW YORK, Sep 21 — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s contact group on Jammu and Kashmir, which met in New York on Sunday, expressed serious concern about the continuing human rights violations by India in occupied Kashmir, and called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Security Council and the Human Rights Council to take steps to end the abuse.
The meeting, requested by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was held on the eve of the opening of the UN High Level General Assembly on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by permanent representatives from Saudi Arabia, Niger, Azerbaijan and Pakistan. The OIC Secretary-General was represented by the Permanent Representative of the OIC Observer Mission to the UN, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev.
The OIC group discussed the deteriorating human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir (ILOJK) with illegal Indians, according to a press release issued by the Pakistani Mission to the UN.
The Contact Group reaffirmed its position on the Kashmir dispute, and also urged the UN Chief to urge India to repeal the unilateral and illegal measures taken on 5 August 2019 and to implement the Security Council resolutions a referendum is called upon to enable the Kashmir people to exercise their right to self-determination.
Ambassador Munir Akram, who conveyed a special message from Foreign Minister Qureshi to the meeting, said that the RSS-BJP regime in India was calling the governments what he himself called a ‘final solution’ has, to implement.
The government was systematically designing a demographic change in IIOJK through new domicile rules, he said. The issuance of 1.6 million domicile certificates (since March) was intended to change the demographics of IIOJK of a Muslim majority in Hindu majority territory.
In another attempt to erase the Muslim identity of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the status of Urdu language is being changed under new legislation, the foreign minister said.
Indian allegations of ‘normality’ in IIOJK were misleading, he said, adding that the joint statement of eighteen special holders of the Human Rights Council issued last month said the human rights situation in IIOJK was a ‘free fall’.
Hundreds of young Kashmiris were extraordinarily judicially killed in a ‘false encounter’ and ‘cut off’, while Indian security forces continued to enjoy impunity under black laws such as the Arms Forces Special Powers Act (APSPA) and the Public Safety Act (PSA). .
In his special message, the Foreign Minister also led the Contact Group on India which has intensified its warring rhetoric against Pakistan, including threats of military aggression. In 2020 alone, India has so far committed more than 2,200 ceasefire violations.
There was a tangible threat to further escalation, as India could possibly conduct a “false flag” operation again to justify renewed aggression against Pakistan, which would pose a serious threat to the region’s peace and security, FM Qureshi said. said.
To this end, the Foreign Minister stressed that it is essential for India to: immediately lift its inhuman military siege and revoke illegal actions taken since 5 August; remove restrictions on communication, movement and peaceful assembly; release imprisoned political leaders; free arbitrarily detained Cashmere; reverse new domicile rules; remove draconian safety laws; prosecutes military and civilian personnel involved in massive human rights violations; and enable unhindered access to the OIC, the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights (IPHRC) and UN fact-finding missions and the international media to investigate human rights violations in IIOJK.