MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has called upon the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states to halt import of non-halal products from India.
He also called on the OIC leadership to initiate a boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against India and establish a Kashmir Humanitarian Fund with the help of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF).
The AJK president made these proposals while addressing a virtual Emergency Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir convened at the request of Pakistan on Monday.
The session was attended by OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Niger ambassador Abubakar Hassan and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to OIC Ambassador Rizwan Shiekh.
Prominent Kashmiri leader Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Executive Director OIC-Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) Marghoob Butt were also present at the meeting.
After sharing the harrowing details of the human rights situation in IOJ&K, President Masood urged the OIC leadership to urgently send a message to the UN Secretary General to immediately appoint a special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir and request the UN Security Council to hold result-oriented meetings to implement its relevant Kashmir resolutions.
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He said it is high time the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights revived the proposal for establishing a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate the gross and unabated human rights violations in the occupied valley.
He also apprised the participants about the grim situation in IOJ&K, saying “under the cover of Covid-19 pandemic, every day dozens of Kashmiris are being martyred by occupation forces in staged encounters".
"Floodgates for new Hindu settlers from all over India have been opened, while Kashmiris are running from pillar to post.."
Informing the foreign ministers about the radical steps taken by the Modi-led government to change the demography of the disputed territory, President Masood said, “This is settler colonialism in full swing. The new settlers now qualify for half a million jobs that used to be reserved for Kashmiris”.
He appealed to the international community and multilateral chambers to hear the screams of Kashmiris. “First thing first, stop the carnage and the biggest land grab in the 21st century taking place right before our eyes.”
The AJK president likened newly-introduced domicile law in IOJ&K to the Nazi and Israel practices in Germany and Palestine, respectively. “This is a replication of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. This is a revival of the Nazi Party’s 1935 Nuremberg laws.”
Highlighting the enormity of the egregious human rights violations in IOJ&K, he pointed out that some 13,000 boys were being tortured in concentration camps; women were being raped and molested; and demonstrators were being blinded and maimed.
“The occupied territory has been torn asunder into two parts, without the consent of its people, and now it is being ruled directly like a colony by New Delhi. This is imperialism.”
President Masood further underlined that the BJP-RSS religious supremacist doctrine is "anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and anti-Kashmir". He added that its sole purpose was to wage a civilisational war against Islam and other monotheistic faiths to “cleanse” India.
"India hurls false accusations of terrorism against Pakistan to hide its genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crime against humanity perpetrated by it in IOJ&K."