Islamabad, November 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): Addressing the OIC Contact Group meeting on Jammu and Kashmir on the sidelines of the 39th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Djibouti, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar called upon the international community to come forward to redeem its promise to the people of Kashmir.
She said the ordeal of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was still going on despite the promise to them by the international community to support them in the exercise of their right to self determination. She thanked the OIC Group for constantly supporting the Kashmir cause adding that it was a constant source of encouragement for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to a recent statement made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the discovery of unmarked mass graves in Kashmir, the Foreign Minister hoped that the international community would take note of this systematic human rights’ violation of the Kashmiri people.
Foreign Minister Khar said that Pakistan was committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. She also said that Pakistan was convinced that key to enduring peace in South Asia lied in resolving the Kashmir issue and that in this regard Pakistan had embarked on a dialogue process with India to amicably resolve the issue.
The meeting was also attended by other members of the group that is Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Niger. They made statements and reiterated their continued support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. A statement was also made by the True Representative of the Kashmiri people Ghulam Mohammad Safi, who also presented a Memorandum to the Secretary General containing proposals for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Khar held separate meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Djibouti, Turkey, and Yemen, Secretary General OIC and Advisor to the Palestinian President on International Relations. They discussed bilateral relations as well as issues of mutual interests including the situation in Syria and Palestine.
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