JEDDAH: AJK PresidentSardar Masood Khan addressed a well-attended meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir here at the OIC Headquarters on Thursday. He also presented his 9-point formula for the consideration of the OIC to help bring peace to the region and also to move forward towards resolving the long-standing Kashmir dispute. The meeting chaired by OIC Secretary General Dr. Yusuf A. Al-Othaimeen and was attended by the Foreign Ministers of member nations.
The OIC Contact Group on Kashmir has been convened in the run-up to the 14th OIC Islamic Summit scheduled to meet in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. This will be the first meeting of the Islamic Summit after Indian aggression against Pakistan on February 26, this year. Heads of 57 Islamic countries from four continents will attend the Islamic Summit in which pertinent issues of interest to the Muslim Ummah will be top on the agenda. Other developments in the Arab, African and Asian regions, issues related to culture, economy, scientific research, peace and other matters of concern to the OIC member states will equally be discussed.
The President in his opening remarks expressed his gratitude to the OIC Secretary General and the member nations for their steadfast support to the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people and also for continuously insisting upon India to end its reign of oppression in Indian Occupied Kashmir that has claimed over 100,000 lives since 1989 of which more than a 1000 Kashmiris have been killed after July 2016.
Citing the recent reports of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), the President highlighted that torture and abuse in prisons in IOK are a rampant practice, where – mostly civilian – prisoners are subjected to water-boarding, dunking detainees’ heads in water, hangings, electrocution, burning bodies with iron rods, and sexual humiliation and torture including rape.
The President impressed upon the participants that the Pulwama incident itself signalled Kashmiris’ total estrangement and its severance from India. In the recent elections, he said, the ruling party and its extremist affiliates continued to incite hatred against Kashmiris, flaunting and brandishing their atrocities in IOK as a vote-catching ploy.
Kashmiris, said the AJK President, want peace, not war; they do not want Kashmir to be a nuclear flashpoint, but a symbol of amity and connectivity. Despite all odds, the people of Kashmir remain resolute in their faith to win liberty from the tyrannical reign and continue to look towards the OIC with hope.
President Masood Khan on the occasion also put forward the following nine (09) point formula for the peace and security in the region and urged the OIC to:
1. Ask India to recognize the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir that has the protection of international law. In this context, India should cooperate with the UN, Pakistan and Kashmiris to implement the UN Security resolutions which through a plebiscite will ascertain the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
2. Press India to end its abhorrent human rights violations and crimes against humanity in IOK, and revert to dialogue and diplomacy on Kashmir instead of using coercive power.
3. Ask India to withdraw its troops from IOK.
4. Ask India to release Hurriyat leaders – Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah and Assiya Indrabi – from Tihar jail – as well as free Syed Ali Gilani, Mir Waiz Umar Farooq and other political prisoners.
5. Help the parties to the Kashmir dispute to reactivate a multilateral diplomatic process for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, including resort to negotiations, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and other peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter.
6. Urge the UN Secretary General to intercede to play his role to resolve the Kashmir dispute and appoint a Special Envoy on Kashmir.
7. Urge OIC members in the Human Rights Council to take an initiative for the formation of a Commission of Inquiry on IOK.
8. Ask India to allow OIC’s Human Rights Commission and its Special Envoy on Kashmir to visit IOK.
9. Implement the recommendations of the OIC’s own Human Rights Commission for (a) initiating development projects in the livelihood, health and education sectors in IOK and refugees’ camps in AJK, with the help of the Islamic Development Bank and Islamic Solidarity Fund; and (b) using the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement against India to pressurize it to meet its human rights obligations.