Pakistan has Urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to Ramp Up Attempt to Address the Kashmir Conflict

September 24, 2021

Pakistan highlighted the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, urging the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to step up its efforts to find a long-term solution to the conflict.

Until a just and equitable resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is found, there will be no peace in South Asia. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir. The foreign minister reminded the group that the oppressed people of India-controlled Kashmir were now heavily reliant on the OIC and the Muslim ummah, which meets in New York every year on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting was chaired by OIC Secretary General Yousaf Al-Othaimeen, who stated that the organization was aware of their problems and was willing to assist in resolving the dispute. Mr. Othaimeen reaffirmed the OIC’s commitment to “a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” saying that this solution must be based on “relevant United Nations resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.” He also mentioned that the Kashmir issue has come up frequently at OIC summits and Council of Foreign Ministers meetings, indicating that the issue has widespread support in the Muslim world.

Azerbaijan’s, Pakistan’s, Saudi Arabia’s, and Turkey’s foreign ministers, as well as a senior representative from Niger, attended the meeting and made statements. The meeting assessed the political and security situation, as well as the humanitarian and human rights situation in IOJK.

Foreign Minister Qureshi, who led the Pakistan delegation to the meeting, highlighted the deterioration of the situation in IIOJK since India’s illegal and unilateral actions on August 5, 2019. He claimed that India’s RSS-BJP government was implementing a “Final Solution” for IIOJK, as its rulers ominously called it. He informed the participants that Indian occupation forces continue to conduct cordon-and-search operations, violently suppress protests, use pellet guns indiscriminately, imprison Kashmiri political leaders, abduct and torture children and women, and stage phony encounters in IIOJK, among other things.

The meeting’s record included statements from the president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the OIC-Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC).Members of the Contact Group expressed their solidarity with the people of IIOJK and expressed deep concern about India’s continued violations of the Kashmiri people’s fundamental human rights.

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