September 2003 News

OIC group briefed about HR violations

30 September 2003
The Dawn
Our Correspondent

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Khurshid M. Kasuri and Kashmiri representatives on Monday briefed the Organization of Islamic Conference's Kashmir contact group about the human rights violations perpetrated by Indian security forces in the occupied Kashmir. Participants of the OIC contact group were told that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. Representatives of the member countries of the contact group - Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Niger and Pakistan - attended the meeting, which was chaired by the secretary-general of the OIC. In his report to the contact group, the OIC's secretary- general reiterated the organization's support to the people of the Jammu and Kashmir, saying the Kashmir issue was always on the organization's agenda. Representatives of the Kashmiri people participated on the special invitation by the OIC secretary-general and were led by President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Mohammed Anwar Khan. The team included Farooq Rehmani and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai of the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference. They presented a memorandum to the OIC. Members of the contact group, in their statements, expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people and their concern over the continuing violations of human rights in the Indian occupied Kashmir. They reiterated the determination of the OIC to continue their efforts for the protection of the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri people. The meeting welcomed President Pervez Musharraf's proposal for a ceasefire along the LoC, saying it was a step in the right direction and regretted that India did not respond positively to the proposal. The Contact Group called for serious negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting took note of the draft Declaration on Jammu and Kashmir, presented by Pakistan, for consideration by the annual coordination meeting of the OIC foreign ministers, a press release said. Click to learn more...


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