Kashmiri People are tankful to OIC for their continued support: Ishtiyaq Hameed

Arif Qureshi

United Nations: Mr Ishtiyaq Hameed representative of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Azad Kashmir chapter said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir thankful to Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for the continued support extended to the Kashmiri cause through its resolutions and statements. He was addressing the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir on the side-line of 74th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

He said that the support extended by the OIC in the past was not only instrumental in effectively projecting the Kashmiri cause but was also a source of hope and strength for the Kashmiri people. It assured us that we were not alone, and the Muslim ummah was standing behind us. Under the dark shadow of Indian atrocities, this support by the OIC kept us determined to continue our struggle for our sacred right of self-determination as acknowledged by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Earlier Members of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Kashmir held a meeting of its members on the sideling of UNGA session on Wednesday. OIC Contact Group members’ foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia along with OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen discussed the strategy to defend and advance the UN-pledged inalienable right of the Kashmir people to self-determination. Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Kashmir expressed their complete solidarity with the suffering Kashmiri people, and called on India to lift the 51-day-old repressive lockdown as well as rescind its illegal annexation of the disputed state.

After the meeting briefing journalists after the ministerial meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the unanimous adoption of the communiqué represented a “positive development” and has given a boost to Pakistan’s intense diplomatic campaign to push for a settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute.

According to the communiqué, the ministerial meeting reaffirmed its support for the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination and freedom from Indian occupation. It was also reaffirmed that the Jammu & Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute as recognized by UN Security Council resolutions and the UN Secretary-General.  Called on the Human Rights Council to accept and implement the recommendations of UN OHCHR (office of High Commissioner for Human Rights) to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations in occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

The writer is Editor Diplomatic News Magazine and Daily Online “The Fortress” He can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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