NEW YORK: Pakistan distributed its latest prepared dossier on Kashmir at the UN General Assembly in New York and earlier in Washington during meetings of foreign ministers of various countries.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, which held a meeting in New York Thursday, reaffirmed its support to their “just” struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination, while emphasising that settlement of the Kashmir dispute under UN Security Council resolutions was “indispensable” for durable peace and stability in South Asia.
The meeting, in which Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan as well as a senior Niger diplomat took part, was presided over by OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen.
At the outset, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised members of the Contact Group about the ‘grave’ situation in J&K, saying that New Delhi’s prolonged siege of the disputed territory had exacerbated the already dire humanitarian conditions for the people.
A joint communiqué issued after the meeting underscored that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute that has been and continues to be on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since 1948 and reaffirmed by the relevant UNSC resolutions granting the Kashmiri people their inalienable right to self-determination.
It calls for reversing all illegal and unilateral measures taken on or after 5 August 2019, stop the gross, systematic and widespread human rights abuses in the J&K, halt and reverse the illegal demographic changes in the occupied territory, allow unrestricted access to UN Special procedures, international media and independent observers to visit J&K, and take concrete and meaningful steps for the full implementation of UNSC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.
The Communiqué also calls for conducting an independent investigation against well-documented cases of human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, sexual violence by the Indian occupation forces in the J&K.
Addressing the meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the dream of peace in South Asia cannot be prevailed unless the Kashmir issue is resolved fairly in accordance with the aspirations of the UN Security Council and Kashmiris.
Addressing the meeting OIC Contact Group in New York, he said Pakistan is ready to engage with India in resolving Kashmir dispute but for that India has to create conducive environment.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Hindutva and RSS-minded BJP government of India seeks to change the demographics in J&K to change the special status of Kashmiris. He said Indian government has issued 4.3 million fake domiciles to change the demographic structure of J&K.
The Foreign Minister said the latest example of Indian barbarism is the worst treatment of the late Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani, who died on 1st of this month during a long period of Indian detention.
He said to draw the attention of the international community to the grave human rights violations in J&K, Pakistan has launched a dossier based on solid evidence. He requested the Secretary General OIC to distribute the copies of this dossier among all members of OIUC.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, with Palestine, is one of the two longest standing items on the UN and OIC agenda. He said Pakistan greatly appreciates the OIC’s continued and unequivocal support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The Foreign Minister said that the OIC’s Contact Group has made invaluable contribution in galvanizing global attention to the worsening situation in “IIOJK”. He said in view of the grave situation, it is imperative that the OIC enhances its efforts to facilitate a lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He said the oppressed people of Kashmir, now more than ever, count on OIC and the Muslim Ummah.
In his remarks, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that over 8 million Kashmiris continued to face lockdown, military siege, communications blockade, arbitrary detentions, and unprecedented restrictions since August 5, 2019. “Operating under draconian laws with complete impunity, Indian occupation forces are committing unspeakable atrocities to silence the voice of the Kashmiris and break their will to resist the occupation,” he said.
Shehryar Khan Afridi, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, was also present as an observer, at the Contact Group’s meeting held on the sidelines of the 76th session of UN General Assembly.