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OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim along with a high level delegation called on the President today.

The President welcomed the visit of the OIC delegation to Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. He lauded efforts of the OIC in supporting the Kashmir cause and stated that the people of Pakistan had high expectations of the OIC. The President stated that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the root cause of tensions in South Asia. Peace in the region would remain elusive till its resolution. Pakistan was committed to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. Highlighting the tremendous sacrifices of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir for realization of the right to self-determination, the President said that the Kashmiris looked towards OIC and Ummah for the support. The President also appreciated the endevours of the Standing Mechanism by the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) for monitoring the human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim stated that the OIC was fully committed to the Kashmir cause and the visit of OIC delegation to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan was an expression of that commitment.

The OIC delegation called on the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan. The Minister appreciated the interest of OIC, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF), and Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for the welfare of the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the delegation to provide generous financial support for the projects specially designed for the socio-economic betterment of the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The OIC delegation held a meeting with the Chairman and Members of the, Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir. Maulana Fazl ur Rahman and other Members of the Committee stated that the people of Pakistan greatly value the political support of the OIC for the Kashmir cause. They appreciated the solidarity expressed with the oppressed people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir in the 13th OIC Summit’s Joint Communique.

The Members expressed their dismay at the Human Rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian Security Forces. They urged the OIC to take note of the recent spate of violence by the Indian forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir against women and Kashmiri youth.

10 May, 2016

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