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President seeks OIC help to resolve Kashmir issue

Updated May 27, 2014
President Mamnoon Hussain during interaction with the envoys of the OIC countries in Pakistan at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. — photo by Online
President Mamnoon Hussain during interaction with the envoys of the OIC countries in Pakistan at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. — photo by Online

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday to play its role for early and peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.

The president said this during a meeting with ambassadors and high commissioners of OIC countries at the Presidency.

Appreciating what he called the OIC’s consistent support for the legitimate cause of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, the president welcomed efforts of Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Jammu & Kashmir and said: “I hope the OIC will intensify its efforts for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.”

Welcoming OIC envoys, the president said that Pakistan, with its legacy rooted in the Islamic faith and its consistent support for Muslim causes, was a founding member of the OIC.

“Pakistan has always worked to promote and support legitimate causes of the Muslim Ummah such as the Palestinian conflict, Jammu & Kashmir dispute, Cyprus, Nagorno-Karabakh, Islamophobia and rights of Muslim minorities in non-OIC countries,” he said.

He said the OIC should make efforts to promote shared values, safeguard interests of the Muslim world and promote solidarity among member states.

Mr Mamnoon assured the organisation that Pakistan would continue to play constructive and dynamic role to re-invigorate the OIC on all contemporary challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah.

Talking about Syria’s turmoil, the president said that Pakistan was deeply concerned over the continuing civil conflict and deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Syria.

“The situation in Syria is not only a challenge for the Syrian government and its people but also for the entire international community.”

He reiterated stance of the government to support all efforts to facilitate a peaceful, Syrian-led and inclusive solution which met democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.

On the issue of Palestine, the president said that Pakistan would continue to lend its unconditional support for the peaceful and just struggle of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination and establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al Quds as its capital.

The president reiterated that Pakistan supported all efforts aimed at strengthening unity among Islamic countries which he said would enable the organisation to achieve its full potential as the united voice of the Ummah.

He appreciated the support of OIC member countries for the election of Ambassador Naeem Khan of Pakistan to the post of OIC assistant secretary general and hoped that this would further promote and strengthen cooperation among OIC countries.

Published in Dawn, May 27th, 2014