OIC officials slams Indian government
MIRPUR (AJK): (APP) A high-level delegation of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) led by Med S K Kaggwa from Uganda called on Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan here on Wednesday.
Welcoming the delegation, the prime minister underscored the need for taking serious notice of grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir by Indian occupation forces which had been intensified since July 2016.
He said according to a recent report on Human Rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir by Indian Army and its paramilitary forces, there have been deaths of 97,274 innocent Kashmiris from 1989 to June 30, 2016.
Besides this alarming figure of open killings by its security forces, there have been 6,969 custodial killings, 117,345 arrests, destruction, and razing of 105,861 houses and other physical structures in the use of the community as a whole.
The brutal security forces have orphaned over 107, 351 children, widowed 22,728 women and gang raped 9,920 women.
He condemned the culpable Indian practice of using live ammunition and pellet guns as a result hundreds of Kashmiris have been killed, 20,000 injured and scores of people, including children, have been blinded.
He said imposition of curfew in held Kashmir have made the lives of people miserable. The Indian government has created a deliberate shortage of essential food supplies, medicines, children food, petroleum products and other basic amenities, he added.
He said children are being denied their basic right to education as a number of schools have been burnt and shut down.
AJK PM further said that Hurriyat leadership either remains imprisoned or under house arrest.
People are barred from offering Friday prayers in a blatant violation of religious freedom, he added.
The AJK Prime Minister hoped that the visit would provide an opportunity to the IPHRC delegation to gain a better understanding of the Kashmir dispute and witness firsthand the plight of the Kashmiri refugees who had migrated to AJK to escape the Indian atrocities.
He said that Indian denial of allowing the UN's fact finding mission and IPHRC to visit held Kashmir is regrettable. Pakistan on the contrary welcomes both.
The IPHRC delegation expressed serious concern over the reports of grave human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir.
They regretted that India did not respond to the request for a fact-finding mission to visit held Kashmir to assess on ground human rights situation.
The other members of the delegation included Rashidin Hamidul Bashi (Oman), Dr. Rehana Binte Abdullah (Malaysia), Dr. Argon Argil (Turkey), Dr. Omun Abu Abbass (Cameron), Professor Dr. Saleh Bin Muhammad Khatluf (Saudi Arabia) and the spokesperson Marghob Bhut and Saqlain Javed.
Additional chief secretary (development) Syed Asif Shah briefed the delegation regarding State economic development while additional chief secretary (general) Farhat Ali Mir talked about government system in AJK.