ISLAMABAD: The Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) has urged India to reciprocate the spirit of flexibility being shown by Pakistan and work towards finding a just and peaceful final settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people.This has been stated in a resolution adopted by the OIC Ministerial Meeting held in Dakar in preparation for the summit beginning today (Thursday).
Briefing newsmen here on Wednesday, Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said the resolution expressed deep concern over alarming increase in the indiscriminate use of force and gross human rights violations committed against innocent Kashmiris by India. It called for expeditious implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the OIC mission led by Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan and Azad Kashmir in March last year. It regretted that India had not allowed the OIC fact-finding mission to visit Occupied Kashmir.
Through another resolution the OIC made it clear that any proposal which neglects the adequate representation of the Islamic Ummah in any category of membership in an extended Security Council will not be acceptable to the Islamic world.The leaders stressed that the OIC’s demand for adequate representation in the Security Council was in keeping with the significant demographic and political weight of the OIC countries. It called for constructive consultations between the UN member states to agree on a common basis and framework for further progress on the matter. While rejecting artificial deadlines, it reaffirmed that a decision on Security Council reform should be made by consensus.
The spokesman said Foreign Minister Inamul Haq, who is already in Dakar, would lead Pakistan’s delegation at the OIC summit. He will also make a statement at the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, meeting tomorrow on the sidelines of the summit. Replying to question the spokesman condemned death of Pakistani national Khalid Mahmood in the custody of Indian police. He said media reports of torture and inhumane treatment meted out to him during the custody merit strong condemnation.
He regretted that India did not inform Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi about the arrest of the deceased as required under the international diplomatic norms. The Indian authorities did not provide consular access to the High Commission during the custody of late Khalid Mehmood. The spokesman said as soon as his death was reported to our High Commission, the Indian External Affairs Ministry was asked to have thorough investigation and to share the outcome with the mission.
He said Pakistan is in contact with India and has asked New Delhi to specify the charges under which the deceased was detained, explain the circumstances of his death and provide any other relevant information. He said the incident has dampened the goodwill generated by the recent release of the Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh. It has also negated the spirit of the recent Pakistan-India agreement on the establishment of a Judicial Committee on Prisoners.
The spokesman reminded the Indian authorities of their obligation to ensure humane treatment of all Pakistani prisoners in their custody. Efforts for early repatriation of Pakistani prisoners will continue. About Pakistanis held in Iran, he said 23 out of 36 have reached Pakistan and Pakistan has conveyed the names of the remaining 13 persons to the Iran Foreign Ministry yesterday.
He said the Foreign Office continues to be in touch with the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad and Iranian authorities in Tehran and Zahidan on the issue. He hoped that the remaining Pakistanis illegally held in Iran will return to their families in the shortest possible time. He told a questioner that best efforts are being made to locate and recover the missing Pakistani ambassador Tariq Azizuddin.
Replying to a question about reported request of Americans for certain facilities to their personnel in transit or temporary duty, he said no proposal received from any foreign Government is considered that is against our laws and impinges on our sovereignty. He told another questioner that Pakistan has not handed over any one to the United States for detention at Guantanamo Bay. To a question he said Pakistan is committed to gas pipeline from Iran to meet its energy needs and would welcome Chinese participation in the project.-SANA