Mirwaiz thanks OIC members for their continuous support to Kashmiris
Srinagar, July 11: APHC chairman Mirwaiz Dr. Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq in a letter addressed to Dr. Yousuf Al-Othaimeen Secretary General OIC which was read by Syed Faiz Naqshbandi Convenor APHC Azad Jammu & Kashmir at the44th session of the council of foreign ministers at the contact group meeting of forieng ministers( which include Paskistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Niger in Ivory coast), has thanked the OIC members for their continuous support to the Kashmiri peoples right of self determination. Mirwaiz said that :
The people of Kashmir for the past seven decades have been relentlessly struggling for the exercise of their right to self-determination accrued to them under United Nations Charter and the resolutions passed by UN Security Council on Kashmir Dispute as they continue to give huge sacrifices of life, property and what not for the achievement of this right.
As Mirwaiz is under house detention and does not possess travel documents he thanked the OIC for the invitation and expressed his regret for not being able to attend the summit.
Mirwaiz said that as the world is aware our legitimate right and aspirations are being ruthlessly trampled under the jack-boots of the Indian Forces and even our basic human rights are suspended by the state’s coercive machinery. Use of brutal force on the protestors in the streets, incarceration of political leaders and activists, repeated house arrest of resistance leadership including myself, repeated imposition of curfew and severe restrictions by the has become a routine in Kashmir . Repeated Communication and internet bans and blockades is the norm of the day so that information about abuses and violence on people gets suppressed.
Referring to last year’s peoples agitation Mirwaiz said that 120 Civilians were killed in cold blood ,hundreds deprived of their vision either completely or partially by pellet firing, more than eighteen thousand people injured many among them maimed for life while tens of thousands arbitrarily arrested and thrown in jails by the Indian Government Forces and agencies in Kashmir while the whole valley was put under continuous curfew for months together. Mirwaiz said such was the brutality of the pellets guns used to blind civilians that New York Times declared it as the year of “dead eyes in Kashmir ”
In 2017, till date – 55 Civilians have been killed and hundreds injured by bullets and pellets on the streets of Kashmir while arbitrary arrests continue and the ransacking and destruction of people’s homes and properties.
Mirwaiz said it is unfortunate that The Government of India is continuously refusing to accept the ground reality in Kashmir and engage with it not only as a political problem but as a humanitarian issue of more than Ten million people, instead it is using coercion, suppression and arm-twisting tactics to deny the people of Jammu & Kashmir their legitimate right .
Mirwaiz said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir have always valued and expressed gratitude to the members states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for their unflinching support to the cause of Kashmiris, I take this opportunity to once again appeal the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to come forward at this most urgent and grave situation for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and impress upon the Government of India to put an end to atrocities on Kashmirs and give them their right to self determination or start a meaningful dialogue process with both Pakistan and people of Kashmir to resolve this vexed dispute so that true peace, prosperity and stability is established in J&K and the entire South-Asia and people of Kashmir are brought out of the misery and suffering that they are enduring as a consequence of the conflic