NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar while addressing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Contact group on Jammu and Kashmir (ministerial level) said that Pakistan wanted a peaceful and just solution in Kashmir.
Khar, who was accompanied by the Chairman of All Parties of the Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said ”[We are] grateful to OIC for support on Jammu and Kashmir” adding, “this gives the cause [Kashmir cause] and the people of Jammu and Kashmir strength given the OIC is looking at this [situation].”
Khar said that the India had been consistently trampling the voice of Kashmiris “India has shown little regard for the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”
She also deplored the brutal police action in Kashmir “scores of Kashmiri youth have been arrested.”
Addressing the session, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference said that despite the peace talks between India and Pakistan, the human rights situation in Kashmir had not changed. Highlighting the issue of the recently discovered mass graves in Kashmir, Mirwaiz called on the OIC to send a fact finding group to investigate the issue, as well as the UN working group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to conduct an investigation.
Addressing the media later, FM Khar said that she had highlighted Pakistan’s stance, the toll terrorism has taken on the country and the recent floods in her bilateral meetings. She said that apart from Japan’s pledge for more assistance, the Saudi government has already given some assistance for the flood victims. Khar said that she looked forward to interacting with the Indian delegation on the sidelines of the informal meeting of the SAARC ministerial group. She added that while she was hopeful of engaging with India to resolve issues through sustained dialogue, Kashmir remained a key issue.
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