Masood calls for nomination of special UN representative on Kashmir, presents 9-point agenda

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NEW YORK: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan on Wednesday called upon UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir to find diplomatic ways for ending carnage of Kashmiris and facilitate a just and lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The President said this while addressing the annual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session here in New York.

President AJK in his speech made a fervent appeal to the OIC, on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, to use its good offices to urge the United Nations to impress upon India to immediately end human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

President Masood Khan, through the OIC forum also presented the following demands to the international community: a) establishing a Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights situation in IOK; b) the UNSC and HRC should ask India to stop demographic changes in the occupied territory, which are in violation of international law and conventions and constitute war crimes; c) immediate repeal of its two  black laws – Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Safety Act; d) UNSC to take decisions and activate mechanisms to implement its own resolutions to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination through a free, fair and impartial plebiscite; e) India to withdraw the bulk of its occupation forces from IOK; f) India immediately release leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership and All Parties Hurriyat Conference, as well as thousands of political prisoners, incarcerated in Indian jails; g) India drop its opposition to dialogue and diplomacy and establish communication with the parties to the dispute, especially Pakistan, the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the United Nations; h) UNMOGIP reports be regularly submitted to the UN Secretary General and the members of the UNSC, and finally; i) UN Secretary General to appoint a Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir who would find diplomatic ways to end carnage of Kashmiris and facilitate a just and lasting solution  of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The event was attended by Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, OIC Secretary General; Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey; and diplomats of member countries.