FM reports IIOJK’s human rights’ situation to OIC-SG

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 27, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi conveyed, Thursday, Pakistan’s deep concern at the exasperating human rights’ and humanitarian situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and India’s moves to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory, in clear violation of united nations (UN) resolutions and international law including the fourth Geneva convention.

According to a press release, in a meeting, in the run up to the 47th session of the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) council of foreign ministers (OIC-CFM) — being held in Niamey on November 27-28 2020, FM Qureshi met with OIC secretary general (OIC-SG) Yousef Al-Othaimeen.

He expressed appreciation at the OIC’s consistent and historic support for the Kashmir cause.

The FM apprised the OIC-SG about the initiative by Pakistan for adoption of a resolution on Islamophobia by the 47th OIC-CFM.

The OIC-SG appreciated Pakistan’s role as a founding and active member of the OIC.

OIC-SG Al-Othaimeen reaffirmed OIC’s steadfast support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and noted that his special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir visited Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) earlier this year and that the special envoy’s report will be submitted to the OIC-CFM.

He shared his perspective on the issue of Islamophobia and apprised that the latest report of OIC’s Islamophobia observatory is about to be released at the OIC-CFM.

FM Qureshi emphasised that Pakistan as a founding member of the OIC, attaches utmost importance to the organisation as the sole and most prominent voice of the Muslim Ummah.

The exchange of views covered wide range of issues confronting the Muslim Ummah, including the rising Islamophobia, the situation in IIOJK and Palestine, and challenges posed by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The OIC-SG’s special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir ambassador Yousef Al-Dodeay, foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the OIC and other senior officials were present during the meeting.