ANKARA, TURKEY: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned Indian atrocities in the held Kashmir and demanded a United Nations (UN) fact-finding mission’s visit to the troubled Himalayan valley at the earliest.
In a declaration of the OIC’s Parliamentary Forum, the international organisation said on Tuesday that instead of trying to stabilise the situation in the region, India was misleading the world by comparing freedom movement of Kashmiris with terrorism.
OIC member states also demanded a fact-finding mission of the UN to visit the valley in a bid to gather evidence of Indian violence against helpless and unarmed Kashmiris.
Despite the fact that Kashmir remained a major issue between archrivals Pakistan and India, a decision to decide about their future must rest with the people of Kashmir only, who have been suffering for years.
Meanwhile, during the meeting a documentary about the open use of force by Indian forces against Kashmiris was shown, to highlight a horrid face of violence in Kashmir by the Indian forces and police.
Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq who was representing Pakistan in the meeting said, “Indian forces are making Kashmiris blind through the use of pallet guns,” and complained that the internationally not much was said to condemn growing Indian aggression in Kashmir.
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi called upon the world to reject the Indian government’s ridiculous claim over Kashmir.
Leading Pakistan’s delegation at the 43rd Session of OIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he called upon the Muslim community to unite and back Kashmiris in their struggle for the right of self-determination.
Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India, but both claim it in full. Kashmiris in the Indian-held part of the territory have been fighting for decades to break free from New Delhi. They seek either a sovereign state or a merger with Pakistan.
The nuclear-armed rivals have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain seven decades ago, two of them over Kashmir.