OIC team visits LoC in PaK to observe situation

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To get firsthand account of the situation along Line of Control in Paksitan Administered Kashmir (PaK) a 12-member delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) visited the heavily militarised dividing line in the disputed Himalayan region, Dawn reported.

According to the report, the delegation was flown to Chirikot sector in Poonch division PaK where a senior military commander gave a comprehensive briefing to its members on the prevailing security environment along the LoC, official sources said.

The delegation was also apprised of the arrangements made for protection of civilians from hostile fire through construction of community bunkers, sources added.

During the visit, the OIC-IPHRC members interacted with the victims of ceasefire violations, members of village defence committees and civil administration officials.

Speaking on the occasion, the delegation members said the situation in Kashmir was serious and needed immediate attention and action on the part of the international community. “After listening to the victims, this problem, this violation by the Indian government is real and it’s not being punished by the international agencies,” Ahmed Azam from Malaysia was quoted as saying by Dawn newpaper.

He stressed that the sufferings of the Kashmiris needed to be documented and highlighted.

Underscoring the significance of the visit in the wake of India’s 5 Aug, 2019 move, Dr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah of the UAE said that India’s decision was dangerous and violated human rights of “our brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir”. He also expressed concern over India’s attempt to change the demography of the territory under its occupation.

Expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people, Hafid El Hachmi of Morocco said that they would take the voice of Kashmiris across the world because they did recognise the level of sufferings on the other side of the divide.

On Sunday, the delegation will attend an in-camera briefing by the parliamentary committee on Kashmir in the Parliament House.


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