The Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir was held in Jeddah on 29th May, 2019 at the sidelines of the 14th Islamic Summit. The meeting was chaired by the OIC Secretary General and attended by the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Turkey, Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and Senior Representatives of Saudi Arabia and Niger. The True Representatives of Kashmiri people, including Mr. Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, also attended the meeting.
The OIC Secretary General expressed deep concern over the grave situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, called for an immediate cessation of Indian oppression and atrocities and urged the government of India for the peaceful settlement of the dispute, in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people and the UN Security Council Resolutions.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi apprised the delegates of the continuing Indian state terrorism in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir(IoK),which has led to the persecution and torture of hundreds of thousands of innocent Kashmiris. The Foreign Minister drew the attention of the participants of the Contact Group to the Reports on Jammu and Kashmir by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UK Parliament’s All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG), as well as the historic Exchange of Views on the human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in the European Parliament, all of which have denounced systematic torture and killings of innocent civilians in IoK.The Foreign Minister iterated that the world is finally waking up to the worst form of state terrorism in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of IoK in their just struggle to achieve the inalienable right to self-determination. He thanked the OIC for its unfaltering support on the Jammu &Kashmir dispute. Noting that the unresolved Jammu &Kashmir dispute was a constant threat to peace and stability in South Asia, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s determination to resolve the dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
The Foreign Minister of Turkey expressed grave concern at the deteriorating situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He also expressed serious concern at the serious human rights violations perpetrated by India against the innocent Kashmiris. He emphasized the urgency of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, especially in the wake of the recent events. He said that the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was important so as to bring regional peace and ensure development in South Asia. It was the major obstacle in India-Pakistan relations and its humanitarian aspect required urgent attention of the international community.
The members of the OIC Contact Group expressed their complete solidarity with the valiant struggle of the Kashmiri people. They reaffirmed their resolve to remain the voice of the Kashmiris’ at the international stage. The conclusions of the meeting were adopted and would be submitted for appropriate action of the Council of Foreign Minister of the OIC.
Mr. Masood Khan, the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir also attended the meeting of the OIC Contact Group and briefed the members on the continued oppressive policies of Indian occupation forces IoK. He commended the OIC support for the Kashmiri people and for realization of the right to self-determination.The True Representatives also presented a Memorandum to the OIC Secretary General.
The OIC Contact Group on Jammu &Kashmir was formed in 1994 to coordinate the policy of the OIC on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are its members. The deliberations of the Contact Group reflect the solidarity of the OIC with the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir
Statement by Foreign Minister
Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Honourable Secretary General,
Dr. Yousaf Al-Othaimeen,
Honourable Foreign Ministers,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me at the outset to thank Secretary General OIC for convening this important meeting of the Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
I wish to also express our sincere gratitude to all the colleagues and participants, who are here in solidarity with the suffering people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Your presence, and your steadfast support, remains a source of solace and strength for them.
As in the past, the convening of the Contact Group meeting is important for reviewing the continuously deteriorating situation and the deplorable state of human rights in Indian occupied territories.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama incident of February 2019, Kashmiris were targeted by Hindu extremists with increased frequency, an additional battalion of Indian military was immediately deployed in IOK, the senior Kashmiri leadership remains incarcerated, and the armed forces continue to have a carte blanch in what is called ‘Operation All-Out.’
Crackdowns, curfews, detentions, sieges, seizures, arson, disappearances and killing in fake encounters remain an everyday occurrence. The year 2018 experienced the worst spate of violence with killing of more than 500 innocent Kashmiris.
‘Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir’ is the title of the 560-page report that has just been released by two NGOs based in the occupied territories, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and the Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.
The report chronicles in detail how the Indian State continues to employ torture – deliberately, widely, unabatedly, and systematically –as a tactic to silence the Kashmiris.
It illustrates how every major institution of the Indian state – the legislature, executive, judiciary and armed forces – is complicit in crimes against humanity.
The catalogue of tools applied is gruesome. These include stripping the detainees naked; beating with sticks, iron rods and leather belts; roller treatment; water boarding; dunking detainees’ heads in water; electrocution including in the genitals; hanging upside down from the ceiling; burning the body with hot objects; sleep deprivation; solitary confinement; and sexual torture including rape and sodomy.
Tellingly, not a single prosecution has ever taken place!
Though belatedly, the world is finally taking note. Reports of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UK’s All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group extensively document human rights violations.
They build upon the facts elucidated by the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission. The OHCHR Report calls for formation of Commission of Inquiry to objectively analyze the ongoing abuses, and to fix responsibility.
At an historic hearing by the Sub-committee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, the parliamentarians rallied overwhelmingly behind the recommendations of the Report. They called for resolution of the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu & Kashmir remains the oldest dispute on the UN agenda. Generations of Kashmiris have seen these promises repeatedly broken, and their dreams shattered.
When Kashmiri youth take to the streets, it is a manifestation of their deep seated disillusionment and alienation from India.
It is another manifestation of the reality that the status quo is no longer tenable.
We expect the OIC Contact Group to unequivocally reaffirm its abiding support for the Kashmiris and their struggle for self-determination.
We also expect the Group to reiterate its call for sending OIC IPHRC fact-finding mission to investigate the gross violations of human rights.
The people of occupied Jammu & Kashmir continue to look up to the OIC and their Muslim brethren for consistent support for achieving their right of self-determination.
I have no doubt that we would never fail them.
I Thank You