OIC Secretary General: Kashmiri people leading legitimate struggle for independence

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al-Othaimeen stressed that the Kashmiri people are leading a legitimate struggle to realize their rights and achieve their independence.

It is a struggle that conforms fully with UN resolutions and international laws. Therefore, any attempts to suppress or to demean it by equating it with terrorism holds no grounds and is, indeed, a blatant violation of UN resolutions and international law, said Al-Othaimeen at the Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held on Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The secretary general, who chaired the meeting, urged for the need to continue efforts in using every possible opportunity and means to call upon and compel India to stop excessive and systematic human rights violations against the Kashmiri people.

The Contact Group, which comprises of Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, expressed deep concern over the human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting reaffirmed complete solidarity of the Ummah with the plight of the Kashmiri people, brought into fresh light by the June 14, 2018 report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

The meeting welcomed the recommendation by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Source: International Islamic News Agency