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Play effective role in resolving issues faced by Muslims: Geelani to OIC

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today welcomed the statement of the Organization Islamic Countries (OIC) Secretary General Yousuf Al-Othameen on Kashmir.

“We appeal to the OIC to raise Kashmir issue in all international forums and use influence to highlight killings, atrocities, arrests and unjustified use of brute force being used by the government forces against people of Jammu Kashmir,” Geelani said in a statement.

 “We welcome the statement of OIC general secretary Yousuf Al-Othameen in which he has called upon India to allow access to the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission in Kashmir. There is dire need to represent the Kashmir and Palestine issues in their right perspective. The OIC should play practical and effective role in resolving the issues faced by Muslim Ummah,” Geelan, said, adding that “We hope that this institution will play its effective and pivotal role in world politics.”“New Delhi is deliberately overlooking the historical background and facts related to Kashmir issue. We appealed to the OIC to raise this issue in all international forums and use influence to highlight killings, atrocities, arrests and unjustified use of brute by the government forces against peaceful and innocent civilians in Jammu Kashmir,” he said, adding that “The member countries should favour and present unanimous resolution in UNO for settlement of Palestine and Kashmir issues. They should ask UN Secretary General to find ways and means to impress upon India to shun its egoistic approach and rein in its oppressive forces responsible for prevailing bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Geelani said, “OIC should prevail upon the Indian government to give free access to OIC and other global human rights groups to take on spot stock of the situation with regard to human rights abuses in Kashmir. The volatile situation prevailing in Kashmir needs a practical approach by OIC and other International bodies. OIC should ask the UNO to appoint a War Crime Tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir to identify the culprits of human rights abuses and to penalize them.”

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