OIC Backs Pakistan; Calls For Immediate Lifting Of Curfew, Restoration Of Communication In Kashmir

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for an immediate lifting of the curfew, restoration of communication and respect for fundamental rights of people in Jammu and  Kashmir. The OIC also reaffirmed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the internationally recognised status of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and its final disposition through a UN-supervised plebiscite.

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The General Secretariat has been following with concern developments in Jammu and Kashmir as a result of the unilateral decision taken by New Delhi on August 5, revoking Constitutional Article 370, thereby removing the special status of the occupied valley, said a statement issued by the international Islamic body on Saturday.

“Recalling the OIC Summit decisions and Council of Foreign Ministers resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, the General Secretariat reiterates the solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.

The OIC also urged the New Delhi to immediately lift the brutal curfew, which has been imposed in the valley for almost a month, along with the restoration of communication and the respect for the fundamental rights of Kashmiris.

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The international body also recognised the centrality of the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India and stressed the need for seeking a durable and just solution according to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

The OIC General Secretariat also urged for an immediate resumption of dialogue process between Pakistan and India, “which is a prerequisite for development, peace and stability in South Asia”.

The statement comes the same day when Islamabad once again offered conditional talks to New Delhi in connection with Jammu and Kashmir if New Delhi lifts the curfew, release arrested leaders and cease human rights violations in the occupied valley.