Shehryar Afridi urges OIC to consider economic sanctions against India for HR abuses in IIOJK

Islamabad, November 09 (KMS): The Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Shehryar Khan Afridi, on Tuesday urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Special Representative for Jammu and Kashmir to consider economic sanctions and embargoes against India for human rights violations committed by its troops in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

He expressed these views while chairing a special meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir attended by the visiting OIC delegation led by special representative for Jammu and Kashmir, Yousuf Al Dubai.

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, Khalid Khurshid, and Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, specially attended the meeting. A delegation from All Parties Hurriyat Conference AJK (APHC-AJK) chapter and Advisory boards of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir also attended the meeting.

Shehryar Khan Afridi welcomed the OIC special envoy for Kashmir and said the OIC is key stakeholder of Muslim Ummah and the OIC contact group must play its due role to help resolve the Kashmir dispute. He said the Secretary General of the OIC has been playing a pivotal role in raising the humanitarian aspect of the Kashmir dispute, which is a test case for the global stakeholders of the global community.

Chairman Kashmir Committee said the rape is being used by Indian troops as a tool to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle. He said the world has banned the use of pellet guns even against animals but the Indian forces are using this lethal weapon against the Kashmiri Muslims.

Shehryar Khan Afridi said that India was implementing its vicious plan of converting all religious minorities into Hindus by force to convert India into a Hindu Rashtra. He said that the Modi regime is implementing demographic change in IIOJK to turn the Muslim majority into minority. He said that the Indian regime was also implementing a vicious plan to kill all top Kashmiri leaders in jails in the garb of COVID-19 pandemic. He said two top Kashmiri leaders i.e. Syed Ali Gilani Shaheed and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai Shaheed died while they were under detention of Indian authorities. He warned that the lives of Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other senior Kashmiri leaders are at risk and they may be killed anytime while in jail. He said that the evidences of mass rapes and mass graves in IIOJK have unfortunately failed to shake the conscience of the world community.

Chairman Kashmir Committee maintained that Pakistan has been consistently warning the world that Kashmir dispute is a nuclear flashpoint and the expansionist agenda of Modi regime may jeopardize peace in South Asia region. He said the role of the OIC is critical in saving the future of billions of people.

The OIC Special Envoy for Kashmir, Yousuf Al Dubai, said Pakistan is playing a key role in the OIC. He said the OIC is concerned over the demographic change being engineered by India in IIOJK. He regretted that the international community didn’t fulfill its commitments made on the Kashmir dispute.

Yousuf Al Dubai said the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir also raised the Kashmir dispute at the recently held session of United Nations General Assembly in New York and has been taking concrete steps to help resolve the Kashmir dispute. He said that the OIC would do everything possible to help resolve the lingering dispute.

AJK Prime Minister, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister also addressed the meeting and urged the OIC to take punitive actions against occupational regime of India in IIOJK.