OIC must show solidarity with IoK through action: FM
Qureshi urges OIC to pay immediate attention to Kashmir issue
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that he called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to show solidarity with the people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir through action. An emergency meeting of the OIC’s Kashmir-focused wing took place after the Indian government rushed through a presidential decree earlier to abolishArticle 370 of the Constitution which granted special status to Indian-occupied Kashmir. The FM shared on social media that he asked the OIC session to recognise that unilateral step by India was against the status of the IoK as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council resolutions. In another tweet, FM Qureshi said that the OIC recognised that the aggression has put more than 1.5 billion people of South Asia at risk.
I reiterated Pakistan’s stance on the peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and that India’s hostility doesn’t give me much hope for a covenant for peace, he stated in a tweet. The session which was held in Jeddah was attended by representatives from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and other member countries.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi represented Pakistan at the OIC session. The latest development was strongly condemned by Pakistani politicians. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there was a threat of genocide and ethnic cleansing in occupied Kashmir after India revoked Article 370. He added that Pakistan would request and appeal to the United Nations, OIC, friendly countries and human rights organisations not to remain silent on the issue.
Earlier, the OIC had said it was deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in IoK including reports of deployment of additional paramilitary forces and use of banned cluster ammunition by the Indian forces to target civilians. The OIC had reiterated its call upon the international community to rise up to its responsibility for the peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday India’s abolishing special status for held Kashmir is a blatant violation of international laws and tantamount to playing havoc with regional peace. Abolishing Article 370 and 35-A by Indian parliament is a flagrant violation of international laws, Qureshi said. He lamented that thousands of Kashmiris had been martyred by Indian forces in the occupied territory since 1989. The foreign minister said the deployment of more troops, closure of educational institutions and imposition of emergency like measures by India in held Kashmir, which is the most militarised region in the world, lay bare malevolent intentions of India.
He said he had brought the attention of the United Nations Security Council and General Secretary OIC to the apprehensions of Pakistan regarding the measures and steps taken by India. He added India’s steps can endanger peace in South Asia.
FM Qureshi urged the participants of the meeting to pay immediate attention towards this issue. The delegations from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and other member countries participated in the meeting. The Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
Meanwhile, following abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A to end special status of occupied Kashmir, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal on Tuesday has said that India has moved from occupation to annexation in the valley. In a post on social networking website Twitter, the FO spokesman said that India will soon face defeat in fulfilling his illegal and unjust purposes.
The reaction came day after Indian minister Amit Shah announced, Kashmir will no longer be a state. It will be divided into two union territories – Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature. During his address in Rajya Sabah, Amit Shah said the valley would be re-organized geographically.
On the other hand, the revocation of the articles has allowed other non-Muslim Indian citizens to buy land in the valley while a separate legislative assembly will be established there for its own laws.