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OIC envoy expresses support for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

Islamabad: Special Envoy to OIC Secretary General on Kashmir Yousef M Al Dobeay has expressed unwavering support for the Kashmiri people in just struggle for right to self-determination.

He was addressing a joint news conference along with Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi after a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The special envoy said we stand with the Kashmiri people and that he will continue to raise their plight at every forum.

Yousef M Al Dobeay said the OIC has strongly condemned the illegal steps taken by India on 5th August, 2019 and insisted that these be rescinded.

In his remarks on the occasion, the Foreign Secretary said the Special Envoy to OIC Secretary General on Kashmir will be meeting with leadership of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir during this visit. He said the special envoy will also travel to the LOC where he will receive a briefing on the on ground situation. He will also interact with the Kashmiri representatives to gain better understanding of their plight.

The Foreign Secretary expressed profound gratitude to the OIC for its consistent and unequivocal support for the Kashmir cause.

Alluding to the Indian atrocities in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi said the current Indian leadership is bent upon perpetuating India’s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. He pointed out that the entire Hurriyat leadership had arbitrarily been incarcerated over the last several years. The number of detained political activists and human rights defenders comes to around four thousand.

Referring to the illegal and unilateral steps of 5th August 2019, he said the ultimate aim of these steps is to convert Kashmiris into a disempowered minority in their own land. He said the timely and complete implementation of decisions taken under the OIC resolutions and the action plan adopted by the Contact Group will help in alleviating sufferings of Kashmiri people and finding a lasting solution to Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

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