MUZAFFARABAD, 05 March 2020 – Staff Reporter:
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) supports peacefully negotiated settlement of the longstanding issue of Kashmir in accordance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, said Yousef M. Al Dobeay, OIC secretary general’s special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir.
He made this statement at a brief media talk as well as during his meeting with AJK President Sardar Masood Khan at the AJK President’s House.
Dobeay arrived in Muzaffarabad at the head of a high level delegation “Along with the Palestine issue, Kashmir issue also tops the OIC agenda… Both issues are important for Muslim Ummah,” he said.
“The issue of Kashmir is the oldest issue in the Security Council and is on top of our agenda points for the past four decades,” he added.
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, he said the OIC has always advocated to resolve this longstanding issue in line with UN Security Council’s resolutions and peaceful political settlement to ensure durable peace in South Asia.
After India’s Aug 5 move, the OIC had stepped up its efforts in this regard, he said.
He also demanded implementation of the recommendations of the UN Human Right Council’s reports 2018 and 2019 and resolve the humanitarian issues in the occupied Kashmir.
In response, Mr Dobeay said: “The issue of Kashmir is very close to our hearts and all 57-member OIC countries are on the same page regarding its resolution.”
He maintained that the resolution of the dispute was possible only through peaceful means.
“The OIC appreciates the restraint shown by Pakistan in these trying times and believes that political and peaceful dialogue is the only solution for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue,” Mr Dobeay said.
Earlier, the OIC delegation visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Chakothi sector. The delegation was briefed on the situation along the LoC against the backdrop of ceasefire violations by Indian army, targeting innocent civilian population in the area.
The delegation thanked Pakistan Army for the update and for providing the opportunity to see the situation along the LoC for itself.