OIC CONDEMNS KILLINGS
Srinagar, July 21: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the killing of civilians by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Gool area of district Ramban.
In a mailed statement from Jeddah, the OIC said; “The Secretary General Professor Ekmeleddin Ehsanoglu has expressed deep concern and condemnation over the recent wave of violence against the people of Kashmir by the Indian forces which reportedly caused the death and injury to a number of Kashmiri people.”
According to the statement, the Secretary General has appealed the Indian authorities to show restraint, avoid excessive use of force, and respect the people’s will and rights in order to help improve the security situation in Kashmir and the wider region.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint after BSF gunned down protesters in Kashmir.
“The Secretary-General has repeatedly called on all concerned to exercise restraint and solve issues peacefully,” his spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
Global human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has also condemned the killing of peaceful protesters at Gool saying that India should designate an independent commission to investigate the incident.
“The loss of life at Ramban needs a prompt investigation by an independent commission,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for HRW.
“Any finding of illegal use of force by BSF troops should result in prosecutions. Too often the BSF’s version of events is simply accepted, allowing killing after killing for which no one is held to account,” she added.
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