OIC delegation vows to highlight Indian autocracies in Occupied Kashmir after LoC visit

By: News Desk      Published: 08:30 PM, 7 Aug, 2021
OIC delegation vows to highlight Indian autocracies in Occupied Kashmir after LoC visit

OIC delegation comprising members of Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Saturday visited Line of Control (LOC) in Chirikot sector today.

The delegation was given a comprehensive brief on the prevalent security environment along LOC.

The delegation was also apprised of the elaborate arrangements made for the protection of civilians from hostile fire in any eventuality through the construction of community bunkers.

The OIC members also interacted with victims of ceasefire violations, members of village defence committees and civil administration.

The delegation thanked Pakistan Army for providing the opportunity to witness the ground reality and for a better understanding of the situation along LOC.

Chairman IPHRC Dr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah of UAE commented: This visit indeed is very important because it comes after the decision of the Indian side, which we think is a very dangerous decision. And which violates the human rights of our brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir which will change the demography.”

Vice Chairman IPHRC Dr Haci Ali Acikgul of Turkey added: “Of course, there are very sad, very brutal issues on the Indian occupied side of Kashmir. From right to life, prevention of torture and ill-treatment, right to religion, right to freedom of expression, right to movement and other rights: the right to self-determination. Because in UN Security Council, the proper resolution is PLEBISCITE. But unfortunately the Indian side, until today, more than seventy years, did not come to the table for PLEBISCITE. Did not recognise Kashmiri people's right to self-determination.”

Ahmad Azam of Malaysia said: “After listening to the victims, this problem, this violation by the Indian government is real and is not being punished by the international agencies. So I think it has to be documented, it has to be highlighted because the killing, the suffering is real.”

Hafid El Hachmi of Morocco added: We are here to interact with the refugees from Indian occupied Kashmir. We are hoping to take their voice as far as possible across the world and we do recognise their level of suffering on the other side of the border. We express our solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Justice will happen and they will exercise their right to self-determination; to live with dignity and freedom.

Dr Aydin Safikhanli of Azerbaijan said: “We are here to help you. We are here to investigate this situation very deeply. And, again to talk with relevant international organisations. You were talking about war crimes. It is really not simple human rights violations, it's gross human rights violations. It falls under the war crime which should be punished.”

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