World aghast at Indian atrocities

THE just concluded visit of delegation of Independent Permanent Human rights Commission (IPHRC) of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to Azad Kashmir and unanimous observations of the members over plight of people of the occupied territory have highlighted the reasons why India is opposing visits of neutral human rights organisations and media-men to Occupied Kashmir. Having met the refugee representatives of political parties and civil society from IoK as well as victims of cross LoC shelling in AJK, the Commission took note of serious and widespread complaints of gross human rights violations by Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris, which have also been regularly reported by various independent sources including international human rights organisations.
People of Pakistan and Kashmiris are, indeed, grateful to the OIC and IPHRC for the fact-finding mission, which enabled the delegation to get first-hand knowledge of what is happening and what needed to be done to apprise world community of the Indian brutal repression of Kashmiris and peaceful resolution of the conflict. While watching a documentary prepared by a Qatar-based TV channel on human rights situation in held Kashmir, members of the delegation remarked many a time that they did not have any idea that the situation in occupied Kashmir was so frightful. It is also satisfying that Government of Azad Kashmir presented case of Kashmiri people in a convincing manner and rightly emphasised on the need to review economic and commercial ties with India so as to force New Delhi to stop genocide of Kashmiris. Though it would be too much to expect from all OIC member states to downgrade their economic and commercial ties with India over gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir but it is hoped that report of the Commission, its recommendations and their consideration by the OIC Foreign Ministers conference would put extra pressure on India. The OIC has been expressing its solidarity with Kashmiris but its independent report on the ground situation would also be an eye-opener for other international organisations and influential world capitals to raise their voice against Indian atrocities against Kashmiris. However, people in Occupied Kashmir need relief and this can come if independent observers are allowed to visit the region, if India has nothing to hide, to assess the situation themselves.

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