OIC foreign ministers call for resolution of Kashmir dispute

New York, September 25, 2016 (PPI-OT): The foreign ministers of OIC member countries, reaffirming their support to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, have called for resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute. The foreign ministers of 57-member states of OIC at their annual coordination meeting, adopted reports of various OIC Contact Groups, including the one on Jammu and Kashmir, which called upon the Organization’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to monitor the human rights situation in Kashmir and submit a report to the next session of the Council of Ministers.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, was chaired by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Foreign Minister of Kuwait, and attended by foreign ministers of member states and Secretary General of the OIC Iyad Ameen Madani. Speaking at the meeting, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, who led the Pakistan delegation to the meeting, briefed the participants about the gross violations of human rights in Kashmir.

He regretted that the aggression of the Indian forces took a new turn following the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 this year. Sartaj Aziz called upon the international community to demand that the state-sponsored policies of suppression in Kashmir are ceased, fundamental rights of the Kashmiris respected and the UNSC resolutions providing Kashmiris with their right to self-determination implemented by India.

The meeting inter-alia adopted the report of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, calling upon the independent permanent human rights commission to monitor the human rights situation in Kashmir and submit a report to the next session of the Council of Ministers.

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