ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi briefed the ambassadors of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) member states on Monday over grave human rights violations in the India-held Kashmir.
The special assistant conveyed Pakistan’s serious concerns over the continued killings and blatant human rights violations, resulting from the indiscriminate use of lethal force by Indian security forces.
Fatemi further briefed the ambassadors over OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani’s recent visit to Pakistan.
During the visit, the secretary general expressed deep concerns at the killing of innocent civilians and the gross violations of human rights in the occupied Kashmir.
While referring to the exchange of letters between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the special assistant informed about the latter’s offer to facilitate the dialogue.
“Muslims in held Kashmir look towards their brethren in faith, at this difficult and challenging time,” Fatemi said, adding that Pakistan is committed to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through dialogue.
He asked the OIC countries “to raise their voice and play a role to stop bloodshed” in Indian occupied Kashmir.
He stressed on the need to ensure Kashmir’s right of self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council’s resolutions.