AJK President Sardar Masud Khan has called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to leverage its collective strengths to exert pressure on India to stop brutalizing Kashmiri people and repudiate its illegal actions in occupied Kashmir. Addressing the annual coordination meeting of the OIC foreign ministers in New York, he urged the OIC member states to start Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as recommended by Organization’s own Independent Human Rights Commission, AJK Presidential Secretariat, said in a statement issued on Saturday.
He lamented that Kashmir has been virtually turned by the Indian occupation troops into a hell. ‘Seven weeks have elapsed that the Kashmiri people have been living in a cage, under an Indian strategy to reduce Muslims of the state to indentured citizens and their homeland into a 21th century colony,’ he added. The AJK President said that India had launched systematic genocide of Kashmiri people under the garb of revocation of articles 370 and 35-A. ‘Thousands of people are being detained, while others are harassed, tortured and killed in midnight raids,’ he said adding that women’s bodies are treated as spoils of war by the conqueror.
He regretted that for decades, we have been knocking at the doors of the OIC ministerial meetings and summits but to no avail. Similarly, our calls to the UN Security Council to give justice and peace to the Kashmiri people have turned on deaf ears. ‘We have been going to the Human Rights Council and also to the Human Rights Commission, year after years, but we have been left at the mercy of Indian occupation forces and exposed to their terrorism, euphemistically called human rights violations,’ he added.