Hina, Mirwaiz Urge Probe in Kashmir Mass Graves

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New York – Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday urged the international community to investigate the mass graves in Kashmir.
Hina, Mirwaiz and Pak Kashmir President Sardar Yaqoob Khan participated in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held during the United Nations General Assembly. The OIC Secretary General, Ekmeleddin ?hsano?lu chaired the meeting.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Pak foreign minister said that the issue of mass graves was the biggest validation of Kashmiris’ stance on human rights violations “The international community cannot turn away from this issue,” she said.

Mirwaiz said that it was regrettable that the OIC fact finding mission had not been allowed to go to Srinagar.

Speaking to reporters after the OIC meeting, Farooq said that the OIC should pressurise the Government of India to allow it to come to Kashmir and investigate the facts. He added that there needed to be progress on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) on Kashmir.

The APHC leader also urged for the repealing of “black laws” in Kashmir, such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Mirwaiz said that while Kashmir supports the dialogue between India and Pakistan, he feels that dialogue will not move forward until it is made part of the progress.

Mirwaiz said he was happy that Pakistan’s foreign minister had stated this in the meeting with her Indian counterpart, and said that leaders from Kashmir, from both sides, should be part of the dialogue.

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