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(2017-02-06) Additional Secretary (UN & EC) briefed the Ambassadors of OIC countries in Islamabad today at the Foreign Office, on the continuously deteriorating human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, in the backdrop of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The Ambassadors were briefed on the significance of Kashmir Solidarity Day, which is observed to convey Pakistan’s unflinching diplomatic, moral and political support to the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir in their legitimate and historic struggle against Indian occupation and for the realization of the inalienable right to self determination as promised to them in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The Additional Secretary underscored that the Jammu & Kashmir dispute was outstanding on UN Security Council’s agenda with the relevant UNSC Resolutions remaining unimplemented. The longstanding dispute was the direct outcome of violation of the principles of partition of subcontinent.

She highlighted the systematic genocide of defenceless Kashmiris for many decades at the hands of Indian occupation forces. 1.5 million Kashmiris have been killed by the Indian forces, while Kashmiris struggled for their legitimate right to self-determination, the Additional Secretary emphasized.

The continuing Indian state terrorism in IoK had increased enormously after the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani on 8 July 2016. Indian brutalities have resulted in the killing of about 150 innocent civilians and injuries to around 20,000. The use of pellet guns against unarmed civilians, including young girls and children, has caused severe eye injuries to thousands and blinded hundreds of Kashmiris. India has deprived more than 1.5 billion people of this region of peace and prosperity by refusing to resolve the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and endangered the peace and security of the region and beyond due to its aggressive designs and intransigence, which was causing a growing concern among the international community, the Additional Secretary mentioned.

Unequivocal and principled support of the OIC to the Kashmir cause was deeply appreciated. The Muslim Ummah was further urged to play a more active role for the resolution of Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

06 February 2017

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