London, August 07 (KMS): The Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) has made it clear to India and the world that Kashmir is a UN-recognised dispute and that no changes can either be made as to its status or through the division of the territory.

The OKC said this during its Executive Council meeting in London, which was called to discuss the purported abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government, bifurcation of occupied Kashmir into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the two Executive Members of OKC, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl expressed deep anguish on the scrapping of Article 370 through the Presidential Ordinance and the current buildup of paramilitary troops in occupied Kashmir cities and on the Line of Control (LoC). “It is manifestly marked by the leaders that the current flare up together with unlawful changes by the Government of India is in direct response to the US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation to resolve the 71-year-old UN-recognised conflict in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

Barrister Tramboo and Prof Shawl stated that India, which is administered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP – widely known as a Hindutva Nationalist Party), devised the evil plan to abrogate Articles 35A and 370 of the Indian Constitution, that guarantee special status to Kashmir and prohibit non-Kashmiris taking employment or buying land in Kashmir. They termed the move unconstitutional together with contravention of the international law as the Kashmir conflict is on the United Nations Security Council’s agenda.

The abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, they added, is to ensure the demographic change in Jammu and Kashmir by settling Sainik colony to give land to ex-soldiers who served in Kashmir, West Pakistan Refugees colony (here India relives 1947 to offer land to fundamental Hindus) and Pandit colony (in the grab of Pandits giving land to additional Hindu fundamentalists). “This demographic change is designed in hundreds of thousands; besides, through the Reorganisation Bill introduced in both houses of Indian parliament has taken away Ladakh from Jammu & Kashmir and declared Jammu & Kashmir as a union territory; India has now deployed hundreds of additional companies of its para-military forces known as Centre Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kashmir and in Jammu and additional 8,000 troops have been airlifted to Srinagar (capital of Kashmir), to counter the people of Kashmir’s reaction to this unconstitutional move; all this is in addition to 700,000 military and para-military personnel already in operation in Kashmir,” the statement said.

Barrister Tramboo and Prof Shawl also expressed anguish over reckless use of cluster bombs at the LoC which has caused severe civilian casualties in the border areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). They referred to Article 1(a) of the United Nations Convention on Cluster Munitions that categorically states – “Each State Party undertakes never under any circumstances to use cluster munitions”; India is in direct contravention of Article 1 of the above Convention.”

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