NEW DELHI (Agencies) — Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday expressed hope that India and Pakistan will resume a “genuine” dialogue for addressing all outstanding issues, “particularly the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.”
OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen on Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir issue “is close to our hearts” and the grouping of Muslim nations would work towards its peaceful resolution.
“The Jammu and Kashmir crises is close to our hearts and is one of the most important issues on the agenda of the organization of Islamic Cooperation, and therefore our commitment to the Jammu and Kashmir cause has been and will remain firm,” he said while addressing the OIC Ministerial Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on the sidelines of the 14th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in the holy city of Mecca.
The OIC General Secretary also said that the bloc was following with deep concern the “bloody events against the security of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.”
“I hope that a genuine dialogue between Pakistan and India will resume, which will be the best framework for addressing all outstanding issues, particularly the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” said Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen.
He said that the struggle of the Kashmiri people “is a legitimate struggle for the realization of their rights and independence and fully in conformity with the resolution of the United Nations and International Law.”
“Attempts to suppress or degrade it by linking it to terrorism are, therefore, futile and in violation of United Nations resolutions and International law,” he said.
The OIC will continue to work towards a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue, he said.
India has maintained OIC has no ‘locus standi’ on Jammu and Kashmir being “country’s internal matters.”
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has time and again asked the OIC to refrain from making such references on J&K. New Delhi had also rejected resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir passed in its 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of OIC which was attended by the country’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last year.