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The OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs today. He was accompanied by a delegation consisting of Director for Asian Affairs of OIC and the representatives of Islamic Solidarity Fund and Islamic Development Bank.

The Adviser welcomed the visiting OIC delegation and appreciated the steadfast support of Muslim Ummah expressed through the OIC platform for the valiant people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just cause for realization of their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. He thanked the OIC Secretary General and Special Representative for their efforts and keen interest in Kashmir dispute. The Adviser welcomed the establishment of OIC standing mechanism of Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) to monitor human rights violations in IOK and invited IPHRC delegation to visit AJK every year.

The Special Representative stressed that Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine issues are of central significance to OIC. He briefed about OIC’s position on Kashmir dispute which is crystallized in the Joint Communique of 13th OIC Summit held in Istanbul, 14-15 April 2016. The OIC continues its principled support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for realization of their legitimate right to self-determination. It calls on India to implement pending UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir which declare that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations. The OIC rejects the efforts to equate freedom struggle in Kashmir with terrorism and expresses concern at gross human rights violations committed by Indian forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Special Representative appreciated and thanked the Government of Pakistan for arranging the visit. Today’s call concludes the fourth visit of Ambassador Alim to Pakistan and AJK as Special Representative on Kashmir. Earlier, he visited Pakistan and AJK in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

11 May, 2016

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