Press Release

Islamabad: December 12, 2022. Assistant Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation OIC H.E Ambassador Yousaf Aldobeiy and his delegation called on the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira here in Islamabad today. Welcoming the ongoing visit of the Secretary General OIC, the Advisor said that visit of the OIC Secretary General was of great importance for the people of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir. Appreciating the role of OIC in its consistent support to the Kashmir cause, the Advisor said that OIC forum is a great importance for the oppressed people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir IIOJK who look forward this forum with a great sense of hope for their future. He apprised the delegation regarding prevailing situation of human rights in IIOJK and said that India had been committing heinous crimes against humanity in IIOJK for last seven decades with impunity. The situation has worsened after Indian illegal and unilateral actions of August 05, 2019, he added. He also unveiled the Indian nefarious design of changing demography of IIOJK and said that Indian authorities have recently issued nearly 4 million domiciles to non-Kashmiris in order to convert Muslim majority into minority.

The political leadership of Azad Jammu Kashmir also attended the meeting. President of PML-N Azad Jammu and Kashmir Shah Ghulam Qadir appreciated the proactive role of OIC regarding Kashmir dispute. He informed the delegation regarding miseries of divided families and told that thousands of others have lost their lives as result of unprovoked firing of Indian forces at LOC. Opposition leader AJK Assembly Ch. Latif Akbar highlighted the issue of incarcerated leaders of IIOJK in Indian jails and demanded OIC to take immediate notice in this grave issue. President Pakistan People Party Azad Jammu and Kashmir Ch. Muhammad Yaseen condemned the dual standards of international community on Kashmir issue and said that one hundred thousand Kashmiries have lost their lives since 1989. Sardar Hassan Ibrahim of Jammu & Kashmir People Party said that India was walking in the footsteps of Israel in order to change demography of IIOJK. He also emphasized on active role of Kashmir in OIC Contact Group of Kashmir.

Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Yousef Aldobeiy reiterated that peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute is among the top priorities of OIC. He expressed his resolve to continue consistent and unanimous efforts in this regard. Underlining the importance of visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, members of OIC delegation said that this visit will help them in better understanding of the ground realities regrading Kashmir dispute. The delegation expressed their unflinching support for the Kashmir issue and highlighted that Action Plan of Contact Group of OIC on Kashmir is of great importance. Assistant Secretary General OIC assured the political leadership of Azad Jammu and Kashmir that OIC will seriously consider their suggestions. Prior to this Advisor to the Prime Minister warmly received the delegation at Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council Secretariat. Qamar Zaman Kaira also presented honorary shields to the delegation at this occasion