OIC Secretary-General condemns Kashmir killings

JEDDAH (Agencies) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned, in the strongest terms, the killing of at least thirty civilians and injuring hundreds of others at the peaceful demonstrations being held protesting the killing on 8th July 2016 of Kashmiri leader, Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces.

The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, who expressed his sorrow over the incident, deplored the use of force by the Indian security forces on the peaceful protesters.

He called for a thorough and expedient investigation on the incident to ensure that the Indian security forces cease forthwith the gross and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people.

The Secretary General noted with regret the Indian attempt to malign the legitimate Kashmiri freedom struggle by denigrating it as terrorism.

Meanwhile, he appreciated that the Kashmiris condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Secretary General expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the wounded fast recovery from their injuries.

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Briefing the diplomats from European Union (EU) countries about the Kashmir situation, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry urged the European countries to raise their voice against the blatant human rights violations committed by Indian forces in held Kashmir.

Chaudhry urged the EU nations to condemn the human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir and play its role to ensure that Indian government or forces do not violate human rights while dealing with citizens of the valley and those responsible for the current unrest in which more than 25 people were killed, should be probed.

The foreign secretary separately briefed ambassadors from the OIC countries about the issue and urged them to take notice of what he termed blatant violation of human rights by Indian forces in the valley.

Diplomats from Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Niger and other OIC countries attended the briefing.

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