Islamabad, November 9 2021 (TDI): Shehryar Khan Afridi, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir met Yousef Aldoubeay, the OIC special representative for Jammu and Kashmir. He was chairing a special meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir which includes members from both Houses of Parliament and all political parties.
Special invitees included Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Khalid and Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi. The meeting was also attended by a delegation from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and the Advisory Boards of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.
The Chairman requested to impose economic sanctions and embargoes against India for human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Shehryar Khan stated that the OIC is a significant stakeholder in the Muslim Ummah and that the OIC Contact Group must play its proper role in resolving the Kashmir dispute.
He proposed a visit to the OIC Secretariat with the APHC team to help sensitise the OIC on the human rights violations in IIOJK. He stated that the OIC Secretary General has been instrumental in emphasising the humanitarian aspect of the Jammu and Kashmir issue.
He stated that the Jammu and Kashmir conflict is a test case for the global community’s stakeholders. He stated that the United Nations must learn from the League of Nations’ failure. He stated that the world expected the United Nations to bring solutions to the people’s humanitarian problems.
Chairman Afridi claimed that while the world has banned the use of pallet guns against animals, Indian soldiers are still employing them against Kashmiri Muslims. He addedd that the Indian regime is working to convert Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state, into a Hindu-majority state.
Shehryar Khan assetred that the Indian regime was also carrying out a nefarious scheme to imprison the senior Kashmiri leaders under the guise of the COVID-19 outbreak. Syed Ali Geelani Shaheed and Ashraf Khan Sehrai Shaheed, he remarked, died while in arrest.
Evidence of mass rapes and mass graves in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he added, had failed to shake the world community’s conscience.
He claimed that Pakistan has been warning the world that the Kashmir dispute is a nuclear flashpoint, and that Modi’s expansionist goal could threaten regional stability.
He stated that the OIC’s involvement is vital in safeguarding billions of people’s futures.
Pakistan is a vital player in the OIC, according to OIC Special Envoy. The OIC, he said, is worried about the demographic shift taking place in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He added that the OIC contact group discussed the Kashmir issue at the recent United Nations General Assembly session in New York. He stated that the OIC contact group has taken concrete steps to assist in the resolution of the Kashmir conflict.
“If we have a clear mandate, the OIC can make a recommendation to the UN to impose economic sanctions and embargoes on India,” he added, adding that such a move would need a significant diplomatic effort.
He claimed that the OIC had elevated the issue of Rohingya Muslims and Sri Lankan Muslims, and that it had assisted them in resolving their problems. He stated that the OIC would do everything necessary to assist in the resolution of the Kashmir problem.
Prime Minister of AJK, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, and the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan also urged OIC to do its part against India’s occupation regime in Jammu and Kashmir.
Members of the Parliamentary Committee also expressed their heartfelt sentiments, stating that the OIC must demonstrate its resolve by moving beyond lip service on the Kashmir dispute and taking concrete efforts to assist the suffering people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Other engagements of the OIC’s Envoy
The Special Envoy of the OIC for Jammu and Kashmir is visiting Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to review the human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir firsthand. The Special Envoy will be accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes the OIC’s Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ambassador Tarig Bakhit, and other senior officials.