Jeddah (UNA-OIC): The Contact Group of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir held its meeting at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Monday to discus the killings in Kashmir.
According to an OIC statement, the meeting was called in the context of recent killings of more than 20 innocent Kashmiri civilians at the hands government forces.
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua led her country’s delegation to the meeting, which was chaired by OIC Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Ambassador Abdullah Alim, and attended by delegations from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Niger.
In his opening remarks, the assistant secretary general, in his capacity as OIC special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir, strongly condemned the recent killing of innocent Kashmiri civilians. He also reiterated the principled position of the Organization on supporting the people of Jammu and Kashmir in achieving their legitimate rights, including the right to self-determination.
Alim said that conflict shall be resolved in accordance with the aspiration of Kashmiri people and the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
During the meeting, Foreign Secretary Janjua briefed the participants on “recent escalation in atrocities against the innocent Kashmiri civilians, including the gruesome incident of rape and murder of eight-year-old girl as well as the gross human rights abuses in the Kashmir Valley”. She also reaffirmed Pakistan’s diplomatic, moral and political support to people of Kashmir.