OIC Contact Group reaffirms support to legitimate rights of Kashmiris

The Foreign Ministers of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir have reaffirmed their support for the legitimate struggle of Kashmiri people for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination and freedom from Indian occupation.

In a Joint Communiqué of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the recognized OIC position and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

They met today on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York on with its Secretary-General in the chair.

The Foreign Ministers denounced India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August and subsequent steps which are in direct violation of UNSC resolutions and are aimed at changing the demographic structure of IIOJK.

They rejected the issuance of fake domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris granting them the voting rights, and amendments in land ownership laws, and any other step to alter the existing demographic structure of the disputed territory.

They deplored that the Indian forces continue to perpetrate a vicious campaign of repressive actions, including extrajudicial killings of innocent Kashmiris in fake encounters, custodial killings and cordon-and-search operations.

They also condemned that the entire Hurriyat leadership, the true representatives of Kashmiri political aspirations, has been under continued detention for three years with most having been subjected to brutal and inhumane treatment at the hands of Indian occupation forces.

They paid rich tribute to the unflinching commitment of the Hurriyat leadership, including the late Syed Ali Geelani to the Kashmir cause in the face of persistent persecution and tremendous personal hardships.

The Foreign Ministers reiterated the call on the international community to hold India accountable for the heinous crimes being committed by the Indian forces in the IIOJK.

Source: Radio Pakistan

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