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The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi briefed the Islamabad-based OIC Ambassadors this afternoon (03 November 2016) on the continuing grave human rights violations in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK), being committed by the Indian occupation forces.

The SAPM condemned the Indian brutalities in IoK, resulting in killing of more than 115 innocent people and injuring more than 16000. He noted that more than 1000 people have been injured due to the use of pellet guns by the Indian occupation forces and more than 160 have become permanently blind. He referred to the systematic and grave human rights violations, as crime against humanity.

While appreciating the continued support of the OIC for the Kashmir cause, as reflected in the unanimous passage of resolution on Kashmir by 43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on 19 October 2016 in Tashkent, he urged the OIC countries to continue to condemn the Indian brutalities in IoK and play an effective role to end the bloodshed. He referred to Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir as the oldest unresolved disputes on the agenda of the UN Security Council. He called for vigorous efforts for the resolution of both these disputes, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The SAPM also highlighted the escalated situation at the LOC and the Working Boundary, resulting from the unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations from the Indian side. He stated that the Indian government has deliberately escalated tension to divert international attention away from its grave human rights violations in the IoK. A number of innocent people have lost their lives due to unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian forces.

The SAPM also briefed the Ambassadors over the continued Indian state-sponsored subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan.

03 November 2016

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