OIC totally rejected unilateral & illegal steps taken by India on 5th August 2019 regarding J&K

NIAMEY,: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has totally rejected the unilateral and illegal steps taken by India on 5th August 2019 regarding Jammu and Kashmir. The OIC has asked India to stop issuance of domiciles certificate to non-Kashmiris and also withdraw its illegal and unilateral actions. 

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen presented report regarding Jammu and Kashmir during the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Niamey, Niger. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Syed Faiz Naqashbandi attend the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Niamey.

In the resolution the OIC has reaffirmed its stand on the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir lamenting that the dispute continues with no apparent signs of delivering on the seven decades old promise of the international community to decide the fate of Kashmiri people as per their aspirations.

The report says that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute continues with no apparent signs of delivering on the seven-decades-old promise of international community to decide the fate of Kashmiri people as per their aspirations. The report says that the decision of the Indian government on 5th August 2019 towards changing demographic and geographic composition of the territory, and the continuous blockades and restrictions together with human rights abuses had awakened renewed efforts of the international community towards a resolution of the conflict. The matter was brought to the United Nations Security Council after many decades. 

The report further said, an emergency meeting of the Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir was convened on August 6, 2019 followed by a ministerial meeting of the Contact Group on September 25, 2019 on the sidelines of the annual coordination meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers in New York. On 22nd June 2020, a virtual Emergency Meeting of the Contact Group at the level of Foreign Ministers was held. In a Communiqué issued following the meeting, the Contact Group rejected the newly notified “Jammu and Kashmir Recorganization Order 2020” and “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020” aimed at changing the demographic structure of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The group expressed deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Jammu and Kashmir and issued a number of calls.    

OIC in its report maintained the principled position on Jammu and Kashmir, and said that it issued a number of press releases on behalf of the General Secretary expressing support to the Kashmiri people and their right to self-determination. The OIC remained closely monitoring the situation and continued with its call on the international community to urge the resolution of the conflict in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The secretary general report pointed out that to highlight the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and to raise awareness on the plight of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the General Secretariat in association with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Consulate General in Jeddah organised a seminar and photo exhibition on Kashmir on 24th November 2019.

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