ISTANBUL: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday reaffirmed support for the just struggle of people of occupied Kashmir for their right to self-determination.
In the joint communique adopted at the end of 13th OIC Summit attended by heads of state and the governments from over 30 countries, the members states once again reiterated their support to struggle of Kashmiri people and their legitimate right to self-determination.
“The Conference reaffirms its principled support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the communique said.
“It further reaffirms that Jammu and Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution is indispensable for bringing peace in South Asia.”
The conference called upon India to implement numerous UN resolutions on Kashmir which declare that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.
It further reminded the international community of its obligation to ensure implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir and fulfill the promise made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir 68 year ago.
The conference affirmed its support to the wide-spread indigenous movement of the people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) for their right to self-determination and urged that freedom struggle must not be equated with terrorism.
The OIC member states expressed concern at the indiscriminate use of force and gross violations of human rights committed in held Kashmir by Indian security forces which had resulted in killing of thousands of innocent and unarmed civilians as well as injuring hundreds of others including women, children and elderly.
In this regard the OIC specifically mentioned to most recent killing of a 22 year old woman, Ms. Shaista Hameed in Pulwama on February 14, 2016.