Human rights violations in India-held Kashmir are not an internal matter of the Indian state, said Iyad Amin Madani, secretary-general of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The head of the world’s largest bloc of Muslim countries has expressed concern over human rights violations in India-held Kashmir, which has seen weeks of deadly clashes between Muslim protesters and police.
It is welcoming development that largest forum of Muslim countries has also raised voice against the human rights violations in Kashmir by India. As it happens usually, India always terms it internal matter of the country when other countries criticize its sheer violation of human rights in the valley. In recent brutal clashes in Kashmir, Indian forces have broken all previous records of brutality to suppress the unarmed protesters by killing number of innocent civilian protesters including women and children. Indian forces have used pellet guns against protesters which caused them serious injuries and many have lost their one or both eyes.
Kashmir is an international disputed territory between India and Pakistan and indeed human rights violations in India-held Kashmir are not internal matter of the Indian state.
Pakistan has offered multiple times to India to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue but Indian response remained inflexible regarding talks over the issue.
Pakistan needs to press for international community and the UN to take notice of the human rights violations in Kashmir.
Situation in Kashmir is deteriorating and international community needs to step up to push India to resolve the Kashmir dispute according to the resolutions of United Nations. Political solution of Kashmir dispute is the only way forward for the region to achieve long lasting peace.
The international community should raise its voice against atrocities in India-held Kashmir.