Kashmir issue on top of OIC’s agenda: Youssef

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Islamic organization rallies behind Pakistan on Srinagar unrest

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Organisation of Islamic Conference is in agreement with Pakistan over peaceful resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute, the Secretary-general of the Muslim bloc Dr Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen said Monday.
Addressing a joint press briefing along with the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz he said, “We will continue to work with Pakistan on all major issues.”
Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Youssef bin Al-Ottaimeeen Monday said Kashmir issue was on top of its agenda as Pakistan was an important member of it.
Thanking the leadership of Pakistan, the secretary general said, “Pakistan is the home of all Muslims.”
He said a range of issues were discussed with Sartaj Aziz, adding, “We are in full agreement with each other on all issues being faced by the Muslim world.”
Condemning terrorist acts all over the world, Youssef bin al-Ottaimeeen said, “Terrorists have no race, no religion and no country.”
He said, “Islam is the religion of peace and peaceful co-existence, and terrorists are not the reflection of Islam.” Replying to a question, he said, “The OIC as an organization expresses the wishes of the Muslim Ummah and this is also one of the basic functions of the organization.”
He said the OIC works both on political and humanitarian sides, adding there should be a political solution to the issue of Syria.
Sartaj Aziz said the matters related to Islamophobia and discriminatory policies of different countries towards Muslims living in minority came under discussion with the secretary general of the OIC.
Othaimeen said the OIC had been urging to provide access to a human rights commission in held Kashmir, but the request was declined. He, however, said the organisation will continue urging New Delhi on the issue of the violations and peaceful resolution of the issue.
The OIC secretary general said they condemn all terrorist acts, either in Pakistan or any other country. Aziz thanked the OIC and the Muslim countries for their consistent support on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He said it was unfortunate that India had denied a request from the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to visit India-held Kashmir in order to assess the situation there, Radio Pakistan reported.
“But we should keep the pressure on [the Indian government up] every time the occasion arises,” he said, adding that OIC desired a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.
The OIC members and Pakistan have agreed to formulate a plan of action to prevent the publication of blasphemous material and its circulation on social media, he said.
“We must work together to combat Islamophobia and the rising incidents of hatred and hostility against Muslims.”

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