This week has been equally heart-wrenching for us as our Kashmiri brothers and sisters continue to suffer from the heinous and barbaric acts of Indian state sponsored terrorism and human rights violations in the Occupied Valley.

The Government and people of Pakistan have strongly condemned the continuing use of brutal and indiscriminate force by the Indian occupation forces that has resulted in the martyrdom of more than 20 Kashmiris in the last week alone. These include Mr. Fayaz Ahmad,Showkat Ahmad Tak, Adil Ahmad Yadoo (18-year old boy), Fatima Begum, Asif Ahmad Mir (17-year student), Nisar Ahmad Kumar, Sajad Ahmed Rathor (20-year old), Adil Bashir Ghani 28-year (MA Sociology and a school teacher), Zubair Ahmad Negroo, 16-year old 10th class student, Professor Doctor Muhammad Rafi Butt (32) of sociology department of Kashmir University, Srinagar, Saddam Ahmad Paddar (26), Bilal Ahmed Mahand,Adil Ahmad Malik,Tawseef Ahmed Sheikh and Sufail Ahmad Bhat (17) in Srinagar and Shopian areas in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The Kashmiri youth have been the deliberate target of this mindless killing spree, unleashed by the Indian occupation forces. To stop its heinous face from being exposed, the mobile internet and social networking websites are blocked by the Indian authorities in IoK during violent operations and after every killing in the occupied territory. Despite these efforts, the gruesome video of an armoured car mowing down an unarmed protestor in the valley went viral across the social media, wrenching the conscience of the entire international community.

We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. The heartless killings of young Kashmiris every day constitute yet another dark chapter in the long inhumane history of India’s illegal occupation of Jammu & Kashmir. The world needs to breaks its silence.

The people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir continue to endure untold sufferings and face gross and systematic violations of their human rights — manifest in incarcerations, torture, rape, cordon-and-search operations, use of pellet guns, and extra-judicial killings. Their leaders remain under continued illegal house arrests and detention. For their part, the innocent, unarmed and defenceless Kashmiris stage peaceful protests, which are invariably countered with use of lethal weapons and disproportionate force by the Indian security personnel. Their mass participation in the funerals of the martyrs is a clear manifestation of their defiance, as well as, the determination to free themselves.

Indeed, in the history of past 70 years, it has been demonstrated time and again that the ferocity and inhumanity of India’s state-terrorism in IoK is no match to the resolve and resilience of the innocent, unarmed Kashmiri people. India will never be able to break their will. Nor will it succeed in misleading the world community through its malicious propaganda campaign painting the just, legitimate and indigenous Kashmiri struggle for realization of the right to self-determination, as “terrorism.”

Pakistan remains in full solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan also welcomes the strong support demonstrated by OIC member states for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiris at the 45th Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), held in Dhaka on 5-6 May 2018. We urge the international community to take cognizance of the brutal repression and massive violations of human rights taking place in IoK and to use its influence with India to bring an immediate end to the culture of impunity that has been fostered there for seven decades.

Pakistan also calls upon the world community to play its rightful role in promoting a just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. We believe this is a sine qua non for durable peace and stability in South Asia.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has condemned the escalation of systematic brutalities, killing of innocent civilians, and human rights violations committed by the Indian occupationforces with impunity in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) concluded in Dhaka on 6 May 2018. The Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. One of the main highlights of the session was the strong support demonstrated by the OIC member states to the just cause of the Kashmiri people through the unanimous adoption of multiple Resolutions and endorsement of the report of the recently held emergency meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir in Jeddah. Both, the Resolutions and the Report, of the Contact Group reaffirm OIC’s support for the realization of the right of Kashmiri people to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions. The Contact Group report drew attention towards the rise in gross and systematic human rights violations in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, terming them as crimes against humanity.

The OIC position clearly is manifested by the five resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which were unanimously adopted on 6th May during 45th CFM by all member states, including Bangladesh. These resolutions reaffirmed Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination in accordance with UNSC resolutions and condemned India for human rights violations in IoK.

These five resolutions were:-

Resolution No. 8/45-POLon the Jammu and Kashmir Dispute

Resolution No. 9/45-POLon the Peace Process between India and Pakistan

Resolution No. 3/45-C on Protection of Islamic Holy Places

Destruction of the Babri Masjid in India and Protection of Islamic Holy Places

Destruction of the Charar-e-Sharif Islamic Complex in Kashmir and other Islamic sites therein

Draft Resolution on Matters Pertaining To The Work of The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission

Draft Resolution No. 3/45-E: On Economic Assistance to OIC Member States and Muslim Communities in Disputed/Occupied Territories and Non-OIC Countries within the OIC Mandat

On the sidelines of the Conference, the Foreign Secretary met OIC Secretary General, Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Minister of State of Uganda, her counterparts from Morocco, Malaysia, Tunis, Indonesia and heads of delegation of several other OIC countries.

Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack at Voter Registration Centre in a Mosque in Khost (Afghanistan) killing and injuring scores of innocent people on 06 May 2018, and the senseless and heinous terrorist attacks in Kabul yesterday. We are distressed and grieved at the loss of precious human lives. Such blatant terrorism targeting innocent civilians and disrupting way of life has not justification whatsoever. We express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and pray to Almighty Allah for early recovery of the injured. We express our support and solidarity with the people and Government of Afghanistan in this hour of grief.

Separately, a two-day international Seminar on ”The Present and Future of Strategic Export Controls’’, organized by the Strategic Export Control Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs began yesterday. The seminar is aimed at reinforcing networking among export control community and strengthening engagements for promoting regional and international cooperation against the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and their delivery systems. Independent experts and representatives from different regions and countries (including from states which are members of NSG), international export control regimes, UNSCR-1540 Committee, academia and industry are taking part in the seminar.

Pakistan believes that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) represents a very good example of a negotiated settlement of complex issues, through dialogue and diplomacy. We had welcomed the JCPOA when it was concluded and hope that all parties will find a way for its continuation, especially when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly verified Iran’s compliance. We have noted the willingness of the parties to the Agreement to work together on upholding their respective commitments as stipulated in the JCPOA, despite US decision to withdraw from it. Pakistan believes that International Treaties and Agreements concluded through painstaking negotiations are sacrosanct. Arbitrarily rescinding such agreements will undermine confidence in the value of dialogue and diplomacy in the conduct of international relations.

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