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President AJK addresses OIC meeting, presents 9-point formula *.

Jeddah -- Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, addressed the well-attended meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir here at the OIC Headquarters.

The President also presented his 9-point formula for the consideration of the OIC to help bring peace to the region and also to move forward towards resolving the long-standing Kashmir dispute. The meeting chaired by OIC Secretary General Dr. Yusuf A. Al-Othaimeen and was attended by the Foreign Ministers of member nations.

The OIC Contact Group on Kashmir has been convened in the run-up to the 14th OIC Islamic Summit scheduled to meet in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. This will be the first meeting of the Islamic Summit after Indian aggression against Pakistan on February 26, this year. Heads of 57 Islamic countries from four continents will attend the Islamic Summit in which pertinent issues of interest to the Muslim *Ummah* will be top on the agenda. Other developments in the Arab, African and Asian regions, issues related to culture, economy, scientific research, peace and other matters of concern to the OIC member states will equally be discussed.

The President in his opening remarks expressed his gratitude to the OIC Secretary General and the member nations for their steadfast support to the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people and also for continuously insisting upon India to end its reign of oppression in Indian Occupied Kashmir that has claimed over 100,000 lives since 1989 of which more than a 1000 Kashmiris have been killed after July 2016.

President AJK apprised the participants of the rapidly deteriorating situation in IOK, as Indian forces have intensified killings, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, custodial killings, fake encounters, torture, rape and blindings. 'They (Indian occupation forces) have adopted a scorched earth policy and are destroying houses, businesses, orchards and crops', he said.

Citing the recent reports of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), the President highlighted that torture and abuse in prisons in IOK are a rampant practice, where - mostly civilian - prisoners are subjected to water-boarding, dunking detainees' heads in water, hangings, electrocution, burning bodies with iron rods, and sexual humiliation and torture including rape.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:May 31, 2019
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