OIC urged to establish humanitarian corridor for IIOJK people

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Muzaffarabad

President Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan on Friday called upon members’ states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to establish a humanitarian corridor to aid people of Indian Occupied Kashmir Kashmiri people, who are under siege and continue to face Indian state brutality.

The AJK President made the appeal while talking to a 12-member delegation of the OIC- Independent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) in Aiwan-e- Sadr Muzaffarabad.

The OIC- IPHRC delegation included diplomats and representatives from the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Nigeria, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Gabon, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco.

Marghoob Saleem Butt, Executive Director of the IPHRC, and prominent Pakistani diplomat Tasneem Aslam were also present on the occasion.

Sardar Masood thanked the OIC for its courageous and steadfast support for the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to self-determination.

He also expressed his deep gratitude to the commission for publishing a comprehensive and seminal report in March 2017 on the human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Terming the IPHRC’s previous report as a precursor to the reports on the human rights situation in IOJK published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, he said since the last report of the OIC Human Rights Commission, the situation in IOJK has undergone several significant changes that demand commission’s immediate attention.

The AJK President said that in the light of the recommendations made in the IPHRC’s previous report, the Muslim world, especially the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation should raise their voice against the worst human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and consider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against India.

He also demanded immediate steps by OIC to provide emergency assistance to the beleaguered Kashmiris who have been suffering for the past two years by establishing humanitarian corridors and provide scholarships to Kashmiri students studying in Occupied Kashmir, AJK, Pakistan and other countries of the world so that they could continue their education.

Referring to the refugees who took shelter in AJK to avert Indian atrocities, Sardar Masood said that at present there are a total of 42,000 refugees in the state, most of whom reside in Muzaffarabad.

The government of Azad Kashmir provides assistance to these refugees in collaboration with Pakistani institutions, he added.

Urging the members of the delegation to expose India’s false propaganda that its troops were fighting terrorism in occupied Kashmir, he said that Dil Bagh Singh, the Indian police chief in occupied Kashmir, had himself admitted that there were a total of 200 militants in the occupied territory against whom India had deployed 900,000 troops.

The state president said that India has deployed such a large army not to fight the militants but to kill unarmed.—INP

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