Kashmir A Humanitarian Issue: OIC

JEDDAH  - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reaffirmed full support and solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and vowed to use all available resources to promote the cause of the Kashmiri people, the Arab News reported on Friday. 

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Madani addressed a gathering on the occasion of inauguration of a photo exhibition highlighting the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at the OIC premises in Jeddah on Thursday.

“The OIC has consistently shown its firm support to the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for their fundamental human rights, including their inalienable right to self-determination. The present occasion also seeks to keep alive the memory and efforts of those Kashmiris who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their homeland,” he said.

He said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the longest unresolved international issues. The continuation of this conflict is not in the interest of India or Pakistan or the people of Kashmir, “It has so far claimed so many precious lives of innocent people and has posed real threats to peace and security for the region and beyond,” he said.

He also said that OIC has always called for a peaceful resolution of this conflict through a negotiated process and in a sincere manner between Pakistan and India.

“The OIC encourages both sides to engage in substantial bilateral talks to find a just and durable solution in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. I think recent incidents along the Line of Control further prove the necessity to work hard to reach a solid basis for peace and security in the region, and the OIC will pay closer attention to the plight of Kashmiris because this is indeed a humanitarian issue,” he added.

The unresolved territorial dispute over Kashmir in the Himalayan region has for decades been a major source of tension between India and Pakistan, who have fought three wars since partition in 1947.

Kashmir is divided between Indian and Pakistan by a de-facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC).

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