The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held its meeting in Jeddah on 30th April 2018 at the OIC Headquarters. The meeting was called in the context of recent killings of more than 20 innocent Kashmiri civilians at the hands of Indian occupying forces.
Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua, led Pakistan’s delegation to the meeting, which was chaired by Amb Abdullah Alim the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, and attended by delegations from Azerbaijan Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Niger.
In his opening remarks the Assistant Secretary General as Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir strongly condemned the recent killing of innocent Kashmiri civilians by the Indian occupying forces and reiterated OIC’s principled position on supporting the people of Jammu and Kashmir in achieving their legitimate rights, including the right of self-determination. He emphasized that conflict shall be resolved in accordance with the aspiration of Kashmiri people and the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions.
During the Meeting, the Foreign Secretary apprised the participants about the Indian aggression and recent escalation in atrocities against the innocent Kashmiri civilians, the gruesome incident of rape and murder of eight-year-old young girl Asifa Bano and gross violations of Human Rights in the valley. She also reaffirmed Pakistan’s diplomatic, moral and political support to the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Foreign Secretary thanked the OIC for its continued support on the Kashmir dispute. She said that unresolved Kashmir issue is threatening the peace and stability in South Asia. She asserted that Pakistan is determined to resolve the seventy years old dispute through dialogue.