OIC, Pakistan consulate mark 'Kashmir Black Day' in Jeddah

OIC, Pakistan consulate mark ‘Kashmir Black Day’ in Jeddah

 

Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen reiterated OIC's full support to the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for the fundamental right to self-determination.

He said this while addressing a Seminar, organized jointly by the OIC and the Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah at the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat here on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Black Day of the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. A photo exhibition was also held on the sidelines of the anniversary.

Al-Othaimeen called on the Indian government to stop the gross human rights violations against the people of Kashmir. He hoped that the OIC Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir and the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) would be able to visit the Indian-occupied Kashmir to reach an objective judgment and an impartial evaluation of the overall situation there.

The secretary general affirmed the continued support of the OIC for the peaceful resolution of the conflict and expressed the hope for a comprehensive dialogue between Pakistan and India fulfilling the aspirations of Kashmiri people to achieve their legitimate rights, which they have been denied for decades.

In his welcoming remarks, Consul General of Pakistan Shehryar Akbar Khan said that the event was organized to mark the illegal entry of Indian force into occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. He urged the international community to support the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle against foreign occupation.

For his part, True Representative of the Kashmiri People Syed Faiz Naqashbandi briefed the audience on the prevailing situation and continued human rights violations in Kashmir. He called on the international community and the OIC, in particular, to play their role so that the Kashmiri people can exercise their inherent right to self-determination.

In his speech on the occasion, Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Saddique thanked the OIC and the Kingdom for supporting the Kashmiri people's cause. He also praised the OIC for its efforts toward achieving a just solution to the issue of Kashmir and realizing the legitimate rights of its people.

He highlighted the plight of the Kashmiris under foreign occupation, pointing out that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is deteriorating in light of India's use of weapons and violence against innocent citizens.

The ambassador urged the international community to persuade India to stop its human rights violations against the people of Kashmir. He said that the government of Pakistan will continue to extend all moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their historic struggle.

Also during Thursday's event, members of the Kashmir Committee, Jeddah Chapter, presented a resolution demanding the OIC to redouble its efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue. The photo exhibition and seminar on Indian-occupied Kashmir at the OIC General Secretariat have become an annual feature for the past five years. The event was attended by high-level OIC officials including Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim, OIC Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Saudi officials, members of Diplomatic Corps, local dignitaries and representatives of Pakistan community.

The Consulate General of Pakistan also organized a gathering of members of the Kashmiri community, prominent Saudi figures and media persons at the residence of the Consul General on Thursday. It is to be noted that the consulate hosted a meeting of the Kashmir Committee of Jeddah on October 25, to mark Kashmir Black Day.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

 

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