The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan has said that the inclusion of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the Niamey Declaration of the 47th session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers is yet another manifestation of the organisation’s consistent support to the Kashmir cause, Pakistan media reported.

Quoting Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, a report published by a Pakistan-based media organisation Geo News, said that declaration explicitly reiterated the Organisation of Islamic Conference’s principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute for a peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

On Saturday, the OIC reaffirmed its support for Pakistan on the Kashmir cause as it slammed “state-sponsored terrorism in JK”, the report mentioned.

The report quoting the statement from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the OIC, in a unanimously adopted resolution at the 47th Council of Foreign Ministers deplored “India’s state terrorism”.

“[The OIC] denounced the use of pellet guns by Indian troops in [India-administered Jammu and Kashmir],” the statement said, adding that it urged New Delhi to abide by international human rights obligations.

Urging the international community to review their engagements with India, the OIC “acknowledged” the people of Jammu and Kashmir as a principal party to the dispute.

The OIC has decided to further consider the Jammu and Kashmir dispute at the 48th CFM that is scheduled in Islamabad, the statement, according to the report, added.

The organisation strongly urged India to implement recommendations of two reports of the United Nations for human rights in the region and also reaffirmed that the final decision of the region would be through a “free and impartial plebiscite”.

However, the government of India has categorically rejected what it described as factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on recent developments in JK.

India also accused the OIC, as the collective voice of the Muslim world, of indulging in “anti-India propaganda at the behest of Pakistan”.


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