Pakistan to create a consensus opinion on Kashmir issue in OIC’s community: FM

Written by The Frontier Post

Muhammad Asad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is working to create a consensus among the member nations of OIC on a single point agenda on Kashmir dispute. It was shared by the Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a joint stakeout alongside OIC’s Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Yousef M Al-dobeay in Islamabad on Thursday.

While briefing the media regarding the visit of OIC’s Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that after illegal steps of August 5, 2019, Indian government has double down its aggressive and barbaric measures in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) besides continuous siege of the valley which completely destroyed the tourism industry and economy of the occupied territory.

According to Qureshi, Indian occupation forces inflicted heavy economic loss to the people of IIOJK through its oppressive policies and independent analysis suggests that more than $ 9.5 billion loss was faced by the people of the valley during this time.

Foreign Minister particularly highlighted the ongoing serious human rights violations of the Indian government in IIOJK and urged the international Community to step forward and play its role in ending the tyranny and atrocities of Indian occupation forces in IIOJK.

While responding to a media query, Qureshi said that India has been trying to portray normalcy in the valley to the world, however India is losing battle of hearts and minds in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

While referring to the heinous treatment of Indian occupation forces with the dead body of late Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Gheelani, Qureshi said that the cowed act of Indian government has exposed the false narrative of India because if Indian authorities had not imposed restrictions at that time, a sea of the people would have appeared at the funeral of the great Kashmir leader.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that the visit of Special Envoy of OIC on Jammu and Kashmir would be pivotal step in bringing the true picture of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) to the world because OIC’s delegation is planned to visit both sides of the line of Control (LoC) to assess the real situation on the territory.

Qureshi told the media that he had briefed the OIC’s Special Envoy on J&K regarding ongoing grave human rights violations and post August 5, situation in the valley, particularly the Indian atrocities in IIOJK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qureshi expressed desire that OIC’s Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir may be able to visit Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and freely observe ongoing situation and interact with Kashmiri media so he himself ascertain the real situation in the occupied territory.

While answering another question Qureshi said that the next meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC will be held in Islamabad in March next year, during which the elite panel of the OIC would discuss Kashmir issue in the light of the report of recent visit of the OIC’s delegation to Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

While speaking on the occasion, Amb. Yousef M. Aldobeay said that the purpose of the visit of OIC’s delegation was to get awareness about the ground realities and humanitarian aspect of the issue of Kashmir. He termed the visit a fruitful endeavor.
According to Amb. Yousef Aldobeay, the OIC has launched an effort to arrange a similar visit to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to have first-hand knowledge of the situation in the valley.

He said that the final report of the visit of OIC’s delegation would be presented during OIC’s Foreign Minister Summit in Islamabad in March next year.
Ambassador Aldobeay told the media that OIC had passed several resolutions on Kashmir dispute and also India-Pakistan relations during the past.

OIC’s Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir said that OIC have proposed new mechanism for resolution of Kashmir dispute and hoped that forthcoming CFM meeting would lead to a decisive and fruitful outcome on the issue.

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