OIC asks member states to raise Kashmir issue with India


ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Conference Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has called upon the OIC member states to raise the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in their bilateral engagements with India with a view to safeguarding the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri people in the occupied territory, and ensuring expeditious implementation of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

The Group also affirmed that Indian actions of August 5, 2019 and new domicile rules are in complete violation of the UNSC resolutions, international laws including the 4th Geneva Conventions, and India’s own solemn commitments to implement UNSC resolutions.

The wording of the communiqué has been the strongest seen so far from the OIC, many of the countries which have awarded highest awards to Prime Minister Modi, while others have kept trade ties with India supreme.

“It requested the OIC Secretary General to highlight the worsening situation in IOJ&K at various international fora including the United Nations and call for immediate steps for amelioration of the human rights and humanitarian situation and peaceful resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute,” stated the Communiqué of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir Virtual Emergency Meeting held on Monday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a statement said, “The OIC must urge India to rescind its unilateral and illegal actions since August 5, 2019, implement the relevant UNSC resolutions to hold a UN-supervised plebiscite, halt its blatant human rights violations and provide unhindered access to human rights organisations and international media to investigate and report on the situation in the occupied territory”.

He also held a telephonic conversation with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Al Saud. Matters of mutual interest, including COVID-19 pandemic, enhanced bilateral cooperation and situation in IOJ&K were discussed, said the Foreign Office.

The Emergency Virtual Meeting was held on Pakistan’s call, to take up the worsening situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The meeting was chaired by OIC Secretary General, Dr Yousaf Al-Othaimeen, and Qureshi apprised the participants of the prevailing situation in J&K and briefed them on various aspects of the issue.

The communiqué rejected the newly-notified “Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Order 2020” and “Jammu & Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020” aimed at changing the demographic structure of J&K.