AJK President lauds OIC’s continued support to Kashmir cause

New York, September 25 (KMS): The Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, has lauded the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s continued, unequivocal support for the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people when he met with OIC’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev, in New York.

The AJK President noted that the recent adoption of the Joint Communique at the ministerial level meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on the sidelines of the 76th session of UNGA, was yet another manifestation of the 57-member organization’s longstanding support to the Kashmir cause.

Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry said he had come to New York to apprise the international community about the continued atrocities and gross human rights violations committed by over 900,000 Indian troops deployed in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He said the situation in the occupied territory has acutely deteriorated since the illegal Indian decision of August 5, 2019, which eliminated the special status of the occupied territory. Since then, he noted that India has imprisoned the entire Kashmiri leadership, illegally detained thousands of Kashmiri youth, including women and children, summarily executed young boys, put down protests violently, and burnt down entire neighborhoods and villages.

The AJK President underlined that India is carrying out a systematic and carefully crafted ‘settler colonial’ project in IIOJK, highlighting that the Indian Government has already issued over 4.2 million fake domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris with the aim to change the demography of the occupied territory.

During the meeting, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry also mentioned the barbaric treatment meted out to the mortal remains of the veteran Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Gilani, whose body was forcibly snatched and his family denied the right of a proper burial by the Indian occupation forces. He said in the face of all these atrocities, continued support by the OIC is critical to keeping the sense of hope alive among the oppressed people of IIOJK.

The Permanent Observer reaffirmed OIC’s principled position on the Kashmir dispute, according to the press release. He reiterated the OIC’s complete solidarity with the people of IIOJK and assured the AJK President that the OIC would continue with its steadfast support and commitment to the Kashmiri brethren.