Pakistan lashes India on proclaiming JK as ‘internal’
By Staff ReporterTuesday – December 1, 2020
According to press releases, the OIC resolution was unanimously adopted at the 47th session of OIC council of foreign ministers (CFM), held in Niamey, Niger, on November 28, 2020.
The OIC is collective voice of the Muslim ummah and the second largest international organisation after the United Nations (UN) with 57 members and five observer states.
JK is one of the oldest internationally recognised disputes on the agenda of the UN security council (UNSC),which remains unresolved because of India’s intransigence and unwillingness to implement relevant UNSC resolutions and its own solemn commitments made to Pakistan, the Kashmiris, and the international community.
The OIC resolution is further proof that India can neither hide its gross and systemic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people and the denial of their inalienable right to self-determination nor can it escape international censure of its egregious behaviour.
Rather than dismissing the international community’s concerns as reflected in the OIC resolution, India will be well-advised to pay heed and stop its State-terrorism in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK); end its illegal and forcible occupation of IIOJK; and take concrete steps towards solution of the JK dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
Pakistan expresses gratitude for reaffirmation of OIC’s steadfast support on the JK dispute during 47th CFM session in Niger.
The government and people of Pakistan express sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the OIC and its member states for reaffirming strong and unequivocal support on the JK dispute during the just concluded 47th session of the OIC CFM held in Niamey, Niger.
The CFM, attended by foreign ministers and representatives of OIC member states, adopted a comprehensive and strongly worded resolution on the JK dispute. Some of the other resolutions adopted by the CFM also included strong references to the JK dispute.
We extend our deep gratitude to Niger (as the new CFM chair), Saudi Arabia (as chair of 14th Islamic summit), and Turkey (speaking on behalf of the Asian group) for highlighting the JK dispute in their respective statements during the opening plenary session of the CFM.
Pakistan is grateful for the explicit reiteration in the “Niamey Declaration” of the OIC’s principled position on the JK dispute for a “peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions.”
Pakistan also welcomes adoption of other resolutions by the CFM including: resolution on destruction of the Babri masjid in India and protection of Islamic holy places; resolution on safeguarding the rights of Muslim communities and minorities in non-OIC states; and resolution on maintenance and promotion of regional peace and security in South Asia.
Pakistan also welcomes the report of OIC secretary general’s special envoy for JK on his visit to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), which was submitted to the CFM.
The OIC has always steadfastly supported the Kashmir cause as reflected in decisions and resolutions of the Islamic summit and CFMs as well as statements by the OIC and its human rights’ body, independent permanent human rights commission (IPHRC).
Pakistan also expresses gratitude to the OIC for the unanimous adoption of resolution on Islamophobia that, inter alia, designates March 15 as “International Day on Combating Islamophobia,” in line with prime minister (PM) Imran Khan’s consistent endeavours to highlight concern in the Muslim ummah regarding desecration of the Holy Quran and re-printing of caricatures of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace.be.upon.him).
We take this opportunity to extend warm felicitations and best wishes to ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha, from the Republic of Chad, on his election as the new OIC secretary general. The government of Pakistan will extend all possible support to him in promoting the OIC as the collective voice of the Muslim ummah.
We also commend the incumbent OIC secretary general, Yousef Al-Othaimeen, for his effective stewardship of the organisation and his efforts to promote Muslim causes, including the JK cause.
Pakistan looks forward to hosting the 48th CFM Session in 2021. As the prospective CFM chair, Pakistan stands ready to constructively engage with the entire OIC membership to promote unity, peace and prosperity among the Muslim ummah.