Organisation of Islamic Cooperation delegation visits Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

Med S.K. Kaggwa, leader of the delegation, said the IPHRC was concerned about the massive rights violations in Kashmir since July previous year. The visit is considered by the Kashmir dispute affectees as most timely one that can pave way to bring down the soaring levels of killings by the occupying Indian military in the Valley.

The delegation will also call on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan affairs minister.

He urged the UN Commission on Human Rights to take cognizance of the situation being created by India to prolong its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The objective of the delegation is to gain firsthand understanding of the dispute going on in Jammu Kashmir.

Welcoming the delegation, the adviser underscored the grave human rights violations in the disputed state by the Indian forces which had intensified since July 2016.

Hurriyat leadership either remains imprisoned or under house arrest. The delegation will also visit camps for refugees from the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).

The visit is a manifestation of Pakistan's commitment to unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of the oppressed people of IoK towards realisation of the right to self determination promised to them under the UN Security Council resolutions.

Welcoming the IPHRC delegation, the adviser said over the past eight months, Indian occupation forces had committed horrific crimes against the Kashmiri people in flagrant violation of the UN Charter, human rights instruments and global conventions.

India has said that OIC, a grouping of 57 Muslim countries, has no locus standi on the Kashmir issue.

  • Leroy Wright