Indian forces kill 5 Kashmiris as clashes erupt ahead of local elections ,OIC condemned

Tensions have been rising ahead of local elections in October and November. New Delhi has deployed an additional 40,000 troops to the region to maintain order. Both pro-Indian parties and Kashmiri groups fighting for self-determination have called for a boycott of the upcoming polls.

At least five Kashmiris were killed during mounting violence ahead of the local elections in Kashmir as Indian authorities imposed a curfew and suspended mobile internet services in the disputed territory on Thursday.
There were at least four separate shootings in the restive Himalayan region, where an armed insurgency against Indian rule has raged for three decades, costing tens of thousands of lives.
Indian army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said three Kashmiris and one soldier died in separate shootouts in Budgam district and Anantnag district.
Elsewhere, a road-construction labourer was shot and killed by soldiers, said a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity and could not provide further details.
In the main city of Srinagar, the Indian forces shot dead a man during an early morning patrol, sparking public unrest.
Thousands defied the government curfew to attend his funeral, chanting slogans against Indian rule in the mountainous area where half a million soldiers are deployed.
Tensions have been rising ahead of local elections in October and November.
New Delhi has deployed an additional 40,000 troops to the region to maintain order.
Both pro-Indian parties and Kashmiri groups fighting for self-determination have called for a boycott of the upcoming polls.
The region has been under direct control of New Delhi since the local government there collapsed in June.
Curfews, internet shutdowns and clashes with civilians are not uncommon when violence flares in Kashmir, where Indian forces have been accused by the UN of rights abuses.
The Software Freedom Law Centre, a New Delhi-based advocacy group, says authorities have suspended the internet 105 times this year in Kashmir alone.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Contact Group on Kashmir has reaffirmed its complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their struggle for the right to self-determination.
The OIC Contact Group on Kashmir, which met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York, also called for United Nation's probe into the gross human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir.
The meeting emphasized that a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions is also a pre-condition for lasting peace in South Asia.
In his speech, the Secretary General Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Dr Yousef Al Othaimeen reiterating OIC’s principled position on Kashmir, called for an immediate cessation of Indian oppression and atrocities in held Kashmir.
He urged the Indian government to peacefully settle the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the UN Security Council resolutions.
The Secretary General condemned the consistent killing of innocent Kashmiri civilians by the Indian occupation forces and the recent escalation in atrocities at the hands of Indian forces.
Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called for establishment of an inquiry commission to probe into the human rights violations in Held Kashmir.
He said India should support the establishment of Inquiry Commission if it has nothing to hide.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said India is subjecting the population of held Kashmir to brutal treatment in the guise of black laws.
He said UN High Commissioner's report on held Kashmir is based on facts.
The Foreign Minister also asked India to grant access to OIC Contact Group on Kashmir to visit the occupied territory.
Besides others, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan attended the meeting as the True Representative of Kashmiri People.
He gave a detailed overview of the massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law being carried out by the Indian occupation forces in held Kashmir.
He urged the international community to get involved and push for a settlement of the lingering dispute to usher in peace in the region.
The AJK President also presented a Memorandum to the OIC Secretary General.

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