Resolution of Kashmir issue must for stable South Asia: Sartaj

Resolution of Kashmir issue must for stable South Asia: Sartaj


ABIDJAN: Pakistan will continue to work towards peace, progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah, stated Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday.

Addressing the 44th session of the OIC foreign ministers at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Aziz reiterated that Pakistan would continue to morally, diplomatically and politically aid all those being subjected to atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Condemning the continued and deliberate violation of the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LOC), Aziz added that he specifically deplored the use of pellet guns by Indian forces which deliberately damaged the eyes of the Kashmiri youth.

Aziz stated that peace and stability would not be attainable in South Asia if the Kashmir issue remained unresolved.

He added that it was the responsibility of the international community to address longstanding unresolved political issues, like Palestine and Kashmir, which threatened peace and development.

The Pakistani envoy also expressed gratitude to the OIC Contact Group for it support to the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met on the sidelines of the session with OIC Secretary General Yousaf A Al-Othaimeen in the chair.

The group had reinstated its unequivocal support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their just struggle towards self-determination which was enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions and condemned Indian brutality in the region.

Ministers and senior officials of Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey also attended the meeting.

The contact group was formed in 1994 to coordinate OIC policy on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are its members.-Web Desk