The Foreign Minister Sham Mehmood Qureshi asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to step up its efforts to aid in creating a lasting solution to the Kashmir Issue.
He said, “The helpless people of India occupied Jammu and Kashmir now more than ever count on the OIC and the Muslim ummah.”
He added, “The OIC must appeal to India to abolish this unilateral and illegal action since 5 August 2019, enforce the relevant UNSC resolutions to hold UN-supervised polling and halt its flagrant human rights violations and provide free access to human rights organizations and international media to investigate and report on the situation and occupied territory.”
The foreign minister discloses his view while addressing a virtual meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. According to Radio Pakistan, the meeting was held at a diplomatic level to discuss the worsening situation in the occupied valley.
During today’s meeting, the foreign minister also advised the group to lend support for actively raising the issue at international forums.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi began his speech by explaining that the last time the group meeting was in New York on 25 September 2019.
He said “Since then the situation has further complicated. It is marked by gross and systematic violations of human rights and a growing threat to regional peace and security.”
He added “The current leadership remain bent upon maintaining India’s Illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. The Hindutva agenda of RSS-BJP combine is purposely targeting defenceless Kashmiris with unspeakable violence to break their will.”
He said that Pakistan has persistently been raising the issue with the OIC and the international community about India’s “real intentions to change the demographic structure of Kashmir and further depower the Kashmiris.”
He also said, “It is highly disgraceful that while the world community is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic, India remains busy reinforcing aggravating it demoralization of the Kashmiri people.”
He maintained that India was seeking to cover up the domestic struggle of the Kashmiris by calling it terrorism and by blaming Pakistan.
As part of this cover-up, India has raised ceasefire violations along the Line of Control or LoC and the Working Boundary.
He added “Since 1 of January, India has committed 1,440 ceasefire violations and has purposely targeted innocent civilians on the Pakistani side of the LoC, killing 13 and injuring 104 people.
He added “despite India’s aggressive rhetoric and destructive actions Pakistan has shown restraint. Pakistan doesn’t want another conflict. However, it has the will and the capacity to respond forcefully and effectively to firmly defend itself against any act of aggression.”
OIC re-establish commitment of finding a peaceful settlement
In a statement issued after the meeting, OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen stressed that the group’s commitment of finding a peaceful settlement for the Kashmir issue.
He said, “At the same time, I call on the international community to strengthen its efforts to assist the people of Kashmir to practice the right that is being denied to them for decades.”
The group also confirmed that Pakistan is providing continued support for the people of occupied Kashmir and called on the United Nation secretary-general to urge India to follow by the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) resolutions and engage in dialogue.
The group called on Indian to stop all security operations respect basic human rights and avoid changing the demographic structure of the occupied valley and settle the conflict under the relevant UNSC resolutions.
After the meeting, the group stated recent developments in the region in which they welcomed the efforts made by some member states to deliberate between India and Pakistan.