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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation asks India to cease 'atrocities' in Kashmir

Indian paramilitary troopers stop a Kashmiri pedestrian as they stand guard during a curfew in the Lal Chowk area of central Srinagar on September 19, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Srinagar Sep 20, 2016, 10.43 AM (IST)
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday called on India to immediately cease “atrocities” in Kashmir and settle the issue peacefully according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

OIC secretary general Iyad Ameen Madani, at a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, reaffirmed the group’s “resolve to remain the voice of the Kashmiris’ at the international stage”.

Adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in a meeting addressing the OIC contact group on Kashmir mentioned the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani by India’s security forces, saying that such measure cannot break the spirit of the Kashmiris.

"Underscoring that the Kashmir dispute remains central to lasting peace and stability in South Asia, the adviser regretted that India had failed to reciprocate Pakistan’s proposal of meaningful engagement for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute," PTI reported from a statement by the OIC contact group.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir president Masood Khan gave a detailed overview of ‘violations of human rights and international humanitarian law’ being carried out by Indian forces in Kashmir and representatives of the Kashmiri people briefed the meeting about ‘continued Indian brutalities’ in the region.

Foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Turkey expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and emphasised the urgency of resolving the dispute.

The representative of the government of Niger said that the international community could not remain indifferent in the wake of grave human rights violations, and urged the OIC to find means to resolve the conflict.

The conclusions of the meeting will be submitted for appropriate action to the council of foreign ministers of the OIC.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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