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OIC calls for end to human rights violations in Held Kashmir

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NEW YORK: The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for end to human rights violations at the hands of Indian troops in the Indian Held Kashmir. The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met on the sidelines of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

Chaired by OIC Secretary General Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and senior representatives from Saudi Arabia and Niger. Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, also attended the meeting.

In his remarks, the secretary general expressed strong solidarity with the Kashmir cause. Taking note of the ongoing peaceful movement for freedom in Indian Occupied Kashmir, he called for an end to human rights violations. The secretary general also stressed the need for resumption of the dialogue process between Pakistan and India to achieve a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.

In his address, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed appreciation to OIC for the strong and consistent support to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for the right to self determination. He focused on the peaceful and non-violent struggle of the Kashmiri people and underlined Pakistan’s diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmir cause.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan dwelt on the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri people. He urged India to reciprocate Pakistan’s sincere efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue. In his statement, Ghulam Nabi Fai, representing the True Representatives of the Kashmiri People, gave an update on the ongoing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He stressed that the Kashmiri leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mir Waiz Omar Farooq and Yasin Malik remain under house arrest in Indian occupied Kashmir. As such, Mir Waiz Omar Faooq could not come to New York to attend today’s meeting of the Contact Group. He emphasised that need for continued support of the international community to the peaceful and unarmed struggle of the Kashmiri people. Later, he presented a Memorandum on Kashmir to the OIC secretary general. NNI

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