Kashmir issue is internationally recognised dispute: OIC

Published: August 31, 2019
OIC urges Modi government to immediately lift the curfew in Occupied Kashmir. PHOTO: INP/FILE

OIC urges Modi government to immediately lift the curfew in Occupied Kashmir. PHOTO: INP/FILE

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reaffirmed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the internationally recognised status of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and its final disposition through a UN supervised plebiscite.

The General Secretariat has been following with concern developments in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as a result of the unilateral decision taken by New Delhi on August 5, revoking Constitutional Article 370, thereby removing the special status of the occupied valley, said a statement issued by the international Islamic body on Saturday.

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“Recalling the OIC Summit decisions and Council of Foreign Ministers resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, the General Secretariat reiterates the solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.

The OIC also urged the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately lift the brutal curfew, which has been imposed in the occupied valley for almost a month, along with restoration of communication and the respect for the fundamental rights of Kashmiris.

The international body also recognised the centrality of the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India and stressed the need for seeking a durable and just solution according to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

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The OIC General Secretariat also urged for an immediate resumption of dialogue process between Pakistan and India, “which is a prerequisite for development, peace and stability in South Asia”.

The statement comes the same day when Islamabad once again offered conditional talks to New Delhi in connection with IOK if the Modi government lifts the curfew, release arrested leaders and cease human rights violations in the occupied valley.

Speaking to BBC Urdu earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi hinted that the government had no issue with the resumption of bilateral talks with India while third-party mediation would also be welcomed in this regard.

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