Mirwaiz shoots letter to OIC, asks it to play ‘active role’ on Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday asked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to play its role to end the Indian forces’ “continuous suppression and oppression upon Kashmiris”.
As per a statement issued here, Mirwaiz shot a letter to OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani apprising him about the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination guaranteed to them under United Nations Charter and the resolutions passed by UN Security Council related to Kashmir dispute.
“The people of Kashmir have rendered huge sacrifices in terms of life and property for the achievement of this right. However, to deny them their legitimate right, India is ruling them by the dint of military power, and is trampling their aspirations through all possible means of suppression and coercion,” Mirwaiz in a letter told Madani.
“It appears now that the state power has waged a war against the unarmed civilian population of Jammu & Kashmir. Only in the past few days, five unarmed civilians, Nayeem Qadir Bhat, Muhammad Iqbal, Jehangir Ahmad Wani, Arif Hussain Dar (a class 11 student) and a woman Raja Begam were killed, whereas dozens were injured in the firing by government forces on those protesting against the reign of terror leashed by the army, paramilitary and police forces,” he said.
“Repeated imposition of curfew and severe restrictions on the people’s movement has virtually turned the entire Kashmir Valley into a large prison. The resistance leadership is either been placed under house confinement or detained in police stations. The situation is very grim and needs immediate attention to protect the population of Kashmir from the current spree of violence and terror at the hands of the government forces,” Mirwaiz said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman however expressed gratitude to world body for the recent measures taken on Kashmir which includes supporting the Kashmiris’ cause and establishment of the Standing Mechanism of OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) to monitor human rights situation in Kashmir as well as the proposal of sending Abdullah Al-Alim special representative of OIC on a visit to Jammu & Kashmir soon.
Meanwhile, as per statement, senior leader of the amalgam, Bilal Gani Lone visited SMHS and Barzulla Bone & Joint hospitals to enquire about the health of those injured in recent forces’ action.
Lone expressed solidarity and sympathy on behalf of Mirwaiz with the injured and assured them of every possible help.
The conglomerate also condemned the imposition of curfew and continuous restrictions on people’s movement particularly in Kupwara and Srinagar parts while terming it a “fascist and dictatorial”. It also condemned the continuous house arrest of its leaders including the chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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