OIC council calls for Kashmir solution under UN (The Nation (Pakistan))

OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani on Wednesday made a special reference to the need for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

According to Foreign Office, Madni said this in his opening statement at the 42nd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), in Kuwait.

He said that final disposition of the issue should be evolved through a sustainable dialogue in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Later, the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir was chaired by Special Envoy of the OIC Secretary General on Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Abdur Rehman Abdullah Alim.

The meeting was attended by Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs; Elmar Mamadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan; Ambassador Muhammad Ahmed Tayyab of Saudi Arabia, Ambassador of Turkey; and Ambassador Dr.

Oumarou Amadou Sonrhai of Niger.

Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Ghulam Muhammad Safi also attended the meeting as the true representatives of the Kashmiri people.

In his statement, Ambassador Alim reiterated the unwavering support of the OIC for the Kashmir cause.

Emphasizing the need for the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he called upon India to respect the will and rights of the Kashmiris.

He expressed disappointment on the use of force and violence against the Kashmiri people by the Indian security forces.

He also mentioned the mandate given to the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) to monitor the human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and report its findings to the Council of Foreign Ministers.

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, in his statement, emphasized that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with the UN Resolutions and the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Saudi Ambassador underscored the need for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute through meaningful discussions.

He added that the people and the Government of Saudi Arabia stood alongside the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle to achieve their right to self-determination.

In his address to the Contact Group, Sartaj stressed that the Government of Pakistan would continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their right to self-determination.

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, appreciated OICs consistent support to the Kashmiri people.

Ghulam Safi apprised the meeting of the situation in Held Kashmir.

He highlighted the recent killings of youth and protests in IOK and the use of force by Indian occupation forces against the innocent Kashmiris seeking their right to self-determination.

Kuwait City add: Muslim countries must increase measures to fight extremism, Kuwaits emir said Wednesday, at the start of a conference aimed at combatting the spread of jihadist organisations such as the Islamic State group.

“We are required to intensify efforts with the world to combat terrorism being waged by terrorist organisations,” Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah told attendees at a conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“We need to take a serious stand against sectarian tensions plaguing and dividing our nations… It is the most serious (threat) against the very existence of Muslim countries,” the Kuwaiti emir said.

“This fanaticism is the most dangerous to the existence of our nation…

We are all losers in this conflict, and the winner is the one who wants to inflame this destructive strife for their own objectives ..”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir echoed Sheikh Sabahs call.

“We are all eager to confront the threats that face the Islamic nation, foremost among them the phenomenon of terrorism, violence, extremism and sectarianism, which have wrought deep damage in the Islamic nation,” Jubeir said.

Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are among countries attending the conference, which is expected to see the 57-member OIC approve an “effective strategy to combat terrorism, violent extremism and Islamophobia,” the organisation said.

The strategy, expected to be approved later Wednesday, will focus on Islamic world responses to the root causes of “terrorism”, including poverty, underdevelopment, unresolved conflicts and sectarianism, the OIC said in a statement.

Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia was itself the scene of a suicide bombing by extremists against a Shiite mosque that killed 21 people during Friday prayers last week.

Sheikh Sabah defended the Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemens Huthi rebels and their allies after they “threatened our security and stability and captured power by force”.

He also urged Iran to cooperate with the international community to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme and to respond to efforts by countries in the region to establish closer ties.

In a letter published in Kuwaiti newspapers Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is attending the meeting, said his country was prepared to engage in dialogue in order to resolve the regions several conflicts.