OIC Contact Group J&K Meeting

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The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met in Islamabad on the sidelines of the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers CFM. Pakistan underscored OIC’s principled position and resolute support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination. Furthermore, durable peace and stability in South Asia would remain unrealized without a just and lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. Pakistan also stressed that since its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, India had accelerated the denial of rights and freedoms to Kashmiris, detained the legitimate Kashmiri leadership, and killed, maimed, and summarily executed and tortured Kashmiris on a massive scale. In violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions, India was seeking to change the demography of the occupied territory. The Contact Group took stock of gross and widespread human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). OIC Secretary-General and Chairperson of the IPHRC presented their reports on the situation in IIOJK and made recommendations for action. Pakistan also highlighted the importance of Jammu and Kashmir on the agenda of OIC and expressed support for the Kashmiri people.  The meeting of the Contact Group concluded with the adoption of a comprehensive Joint communiqué including an action plan, that reaffirmed unequivocally OIC’s position and resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, firmly repudiated India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and subsequent steps to alter the demographic structure of the IIOJK, and reiterated complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people in support of their legitimate struggle. It declared that the final settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and an UN-supervised plebiscite was indispensable for durable peace and stability in South Asia.

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