Kashmir dispute is a humanitarian issue: OIC

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Madani, has reaffirmed the organization’s full support and solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and said OIC will use all available means to promote the cause of the Kashmiri people.
“I hope that through the help of the OIC members states and institutions we will be able to enhance assistance to the Kashmiri people,” he said on the occasion of inauguration of the photo exhibition highlighting the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at the OIC premises in Jeddah on Thursday.
Madani, while talking to the representatives of different OIC member countries said that this photo exhibition is a platform for the OIC to express its full and unwavering solidarity.
“The OIC has consistently shown its firm support to the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for their fundamental human rights, including their inalienable right to self-determination. The present occasion also seeks to keep alive the memory and efforts of those Kashmiris who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their homeland,” he said.
He said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the longest unresolved international issues. The continuation of this conflict is not in the interest of India or Pakistan or the people of Kashmir, “It has so far claimed so many precious lives of innocent people and has posed real threats to peace and security for the region and beyond,” he said.
He also said that OIC has always called for a peaceful resolution of this conflict through a negotiated process and in a sincere manner between Pakistan and India.
“The OIC encourages both sides to engage in substantial bilateral talks to find a just and durable solution in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. I think recent incidents along the Line of Control further prove the necessity to work hard to reach a solid basis for peace and security in the region, and the OIC will pay closer attention to the plight of Kashmiris because this is indeed a humanitarian issue,” he added.
Ambassador Abdullah AbdurahmanAlim, the special envoy to Kashmir from the OIC, who recently visited Pakistan, said that the OIC supports direct and frank negotiations between Pakistan and India.
Encouraging the two sides in the conflict to leverage all means available to them, including objective bilateral talks and working hard to find a peaceful and lasting solution that takes into account the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
“As special representative of the OIC to the Jammu and Kashmir conflict, I have undertaken several visits to the Azad Kashmir and I must say that the last visit to Kashmir gave us the opportunities to understand the requirements of the Kashmiri people. We also discussed a set of upcoming projects, the need to create awareness about Kashmiri issue and motivating the Islamic public opinion for the cause of Jammu and Kashmir people,” he said.
He said the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers requested the OIC Independent Permanent Human Right Commission to set up a mechanism for monitoring the human rights situation in the Jammu and Kashmir.  (ARAB NEWS )

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