Muzaffarabad: Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday said that they regret denial of permission to assess the situation in Indian Administered Kashmir however, they added that they would continue to press India to grant them access.
This was reported by Pakistan’s newspaper Dawn.
The officials of the visiting members of OIC said this while responding to a demand made by Pakistan Administered Kashmir’s Prime Minsiter Raja Farooq Haider, that the team must visit Kashmir and access the situation there.
“The only weapon being used by the struggling Kashmiris are stones, but in response they are being hit by bullets and pellets which have left hundreds dead and thousands wounded, including visually and aurally impaired,” Haider said.
S K Kaggwa, Chairman of the IPHRC informed that they had put in a request to visit Indian Administered Kashmir in July last year and since then they have sent several reminders.
“However, we will not give up and continue to press them to grant us permission to visit occupied Kashmir,” he said.
The chairman also added that the council has always supported Kashmiris’ Right to Self Determination and the solution of the conflict as per the United Nations resolutions.
Mr Kaggwa said the OIC had always supported right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people and it stood for settlement of the longstanding dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
The members of the delegation also paid a visit to camps of Kashmiri migrants where they told the OIC members that what forced them to flee their home.