SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday asked the Organisation of Islamic Countries to play its role in ending “continuous suppression and oppression of Kashmiris by Indian forces”.
Mirwaiz wrote a letter to OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani, saying Kashmiris have offered sacrifices for the right of self-determination promised them at the UN but “India has been denying them this right with its military might and suppression”.
“It appears now that state has waged a war against the unarmed civilian population of Jammu & Kashmir. Only in the past few days, five unarmed civilians were killed and dozens injured in the firing by government 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 the world body for its support to the cause of Kashmiris cause and for setting up a 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.