A commendable OIC decision

Published: 03:14 PM, 21 May, 2020
A commendable OIC decision
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The rejection by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Permanent Independent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of India’s new domicile law in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK), calling it a violation of the UNSC resolutions, is certainly a commendable step, that was urgently needed to send a strong message from the Ummah to the world’s biggest sham democracy.

IPHRC’s call to the United Nations and the international community to put pressure on the Indian government to curb its illegal activities in IOJ&K is also the right demand needed to help the besieged Kashmiri people, who are leading slave-like lives under an extremist BJP rule.

“The international community must ensure implementation of UN Security Council and OIC’s resolutions in Occupied Kashmir,” the IPHRC said.

About India’s future designs, it said: “India seeks to alter Muslim-majority demographic structure in Occupied Kashmir.”  

The Indian government recently notified new rules permitting those who have lived in the IOJ&K for 15 years, or studied there for seven years, or appeared in class 10th or 12th examinations, to apply for a domicile, a mandatory condition for seeking jobs in the disputed territory.

India has also given approval, with retrospective effect, to a law on specified domicile criterion for employment in the public sector in the disputed region.

The Indian government has modified the applicability of domicile conditions to all levels of jobs in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir under the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment) Act (Act No. XVI of 2010).

"This Order would apply to the specified domicile criterion for employment to all posts in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir," a statement issued after Indian cabinet meeting said, without mentioning further details.

The Occupied Jammu and Kashmir administration, which is nothing more than a puppet of New Delhi, has issued new rules allowing people belonging to then 'West Pakistan', Valmikis, women marrying outside their communities, non-registered Kashmiri migrants and displaced people to get domicile.

Children of the people in these categories can now also get jobs in Jammu and Kashmir as they will be entitled to rights after they are granted domicile, according to the Jammu and Kashmir grant of domicile certificate (procedure) rules.

Obviously, after taking the illegal annexation decision, the Indian government is now taking all measures that would consolidate its grip.

The new rules will make it possible for a large number of people to buy properties in the disputed territory.

Apparently, the move is aimed at diluting the Kashmiris’ population to an extent that, hypothetically speaking, even if a plebiscite is held in the region in a distant future under international pressure, majority opinion goes in India’s favour.

Keeping the long-term Indian strategy in mind, the OIC would have to take some more effective steps to force New Delhi to take back the domicile law and give the Kashmiris their due rights. Boycott of India by all Islamic countries could be one such step.

Although commercial interest of a number of countries will not allow such a decision, anything short of it will not bring the BJP government to its knees.

Muslims should not forget that Indian and Israeli moves against Muslims would ultimately lead to a decisive war between Islam and “Kufr” and the OIC high-ups should prepare the Ummah for that situation.

Categories : Opinion
Ashraf Mumtaz

The writer is the Deputy Editor of 24 Digital.