NEW YORK: A ministerial panel of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has reaffirmed its support to the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and called on India and Pakistan to expeditiously resolve the Kashmir dispute. The call was issued by the OIC Contact Group, which met on the sidelines of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly to review the latest development relating to the decades-old dispute over the Himalayan state.
Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary-General of Organization of Islamic Conference presided the meeting. Pakistan was represented by Foreign Secretary Riaz Muhammad Khan while Turkish foreign minister Ali Babacan, Saudi deputy foreign minister Turki al-Kabeer al-Saud and Niger’s UN ambassador Ousmane Moutari also attended the meeting. Representatives of the Kashmiri people, from both Azad Kashmir and the Indian-Occupied Kashmir also participated in the meeting. A report adopted by the group expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and called for the protection of their fundamental human rights.-SANA