Kashmir Media Service
Special envoy of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan last week and discussed the prevailing humanitarian crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) following the abrogation of its special status in August last year.
President Sardar Masood Khan welcomed the OIC delegation led by special envoy Yousef Aldobeay at the President House in Muzaffarabad and appreciated the Muslim countries top body for its “proactive and constructive” role in highlighting the Kashmir cause.
Aldobeay was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Ambassador Rizwan Shiekh, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to OIC Ahmad Sereer, director Asian Affairs OIC Secretariat, members of the Political Affairs Department OIC Secretariat and representatives of the Islamic Development Bank and the Islamic Solidarity Fund.
President Masood said that the OIC is the only multi-lateral organisation that has designated a special envoy on Kashmir and condemned the atrocities of Indian forces in the disputed valley through a strongly-worded statements.
He thanked the OIC for its bold statement that it issued in the backdrop of August 5 unilateral move taken by India, during the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
The Narendra Modi-led government revoked the semi-autonomous status of IOJ&K on August 5, 2019 after sending tens of thousands of troops in the already heavily-militarised disputed region to quell any uprising against New Delhi’s illegal and unconstitutional move.
The Himalayan region remains under siege ever since with a complete information and communication blockade, while top local political leaders are in detention. New Delhi is now reluctantly easing the draconian curbs after drawing flak from the international community.
Briefing the OIC delegation on the current situation in Occupied Kashmir, the AJK president said that the international community including global media has acknowledged that the people in IOJ&K are living under the threat of genocide.
The US-based Genocide Watch has declared that IOK has entered the 8th stage of the 10 stages of genocide, he added.
India, he said, is now in the “preparatory stage” for genocide in the disputed territory which will be followed by the execution of the genocide. “We must act fast and stop the extermination of the innocent Kashmiris living in IOJK.”
President Masood also highlighted the violence against Muslims protesting controversial citizenship law in India which killed nearly 50 people in sporadic violence last week in Delhi.
Besides dozens of fatalities, shops, schools and homes were burnt as thugs terrorised northeast Delhi residents for four days before Delhi police, criticised for their slow reaction, managed to get things under control.
“47 Muslims have been killed till now and those were not random killings but organised by the Hindutva zealots,” AJK president said while appealing the “OIC to intervene and save our Muslim brothers and sisters”.
Earlier, the six-member OIC delegation headed by Ambassador Yousef Aldobeay, Special Envoy of the OIC Secretary General for Jammu and Kashmir, visited Chakhoti, Line of Control (LoC).
The delegation was briefed on the situation along the LoC, Indian ceasefire violations (CFVs) targeting innocent civilian population along the LoC.
Ambassador Yousef Aldobeay said, “During our two day visit to Pakistan we met PM, minister of foreign affairs and some senior govt officials. Now we are at Line of Control where military officials apprised us on the situation on the border. We had a detailed information on the situation. Which we are taking notes of it,” he added.
The delegation thanked Pakistan Army for latest update along LoC and opportunity to see the situation for themselves.
Washington-based non-governmental organization, Freedom House, in its 2020 report strongly criticized India for its declining record of political rights and civil liberties in occupied Kashmir and against Muslims in India. The annual report published by pro-democracy organization says that India has suffered the largest decline in its score among the 25 most populous democracies because of the Narendra Modi government’s alarming departures from democratic norms.
On Kashmir, the report highlights the abrupt revocation of Kashmir’s special status, the massive deployment of troops, the arbitrary arrests of hundreds of Kashmiri leaders and activists and shutdown of mobile and internet services in the territory. Kashmir, the report added, experienced one of the largest single-year score declines of the past 10 years in Freedom in the World, and its freedom status dropped to Not Free.
More killing more arrest
Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred a Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district, on Wednesday
The troops killed the 22-year-old youth, identified as Omar Subhan, during a cordon and search operation in Warpura area of Sopore in the district.
Earlier, a Special Police Officer of Indian police was killed and another was injured in an attack in the same area.
Meanwhile, Indian troops continued cordon and search operations (CSO) across the Kashmir valley and different areas of Jammu region,
The troops arrested several youth during door-to-door searches and crackdown operations in different areas of Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipore, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri and Poonch districts. Five of the arrested youth were taken into custody from Marwah area of Kishtwar alone. These military operations have created an atmosphere of fear and harassment among the locals.
However, Hurriyat leaders Shabbir Ahmed Dar and Umar Aadil Dar in their statements in Srinagar condemned the crackdown operations and arrest of the youth. The leaders said that the ongoing arrest spree was the worst manifestation of the Indian state terrorism. They urged international rights bodies to take a serious note of the appalling human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. Hurriyat leader Abdul Samad Inqilabi in a messag issued from Central Jail, Srinagar, thanked Pakistan for pleading the case of the Kashmiri people at all international forums.
As per reports gleaned from the sources based in Srinagar, journalist fraternity is facing the worst time, especially after the revocation of Kashmir’s special status by Modi government in August, last year. As local newspapers have been forced to become mouthpiece of the occupation regime, the upright journalists are a special target of both the Indian government and its puppet media houses in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, India has formally extended the curbs on Internet services till 17th of this month in the territory. The residents continue to face hardships due to the ongoing military siege and internet shutdown on the 213th consecutive day, Wednesday.