ISLAMABAD: On Monday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif praised the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) “principled position” on the Jammu and Kashmir problem.
The prime minister thanked the OIC for continuing to assist in the settlement of the protracted issue during his meeting with OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha.
He stated that the OIC’s stance is consistent with the pertinent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Following his appointment in November 2021, the OIC secretary-general is in Pakistan for the first time.
The dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir were emphasized by the prime minister (IIOJK).
PM Shehbaz welcomed the secretary general’s historic visit to Azad Kashmir and the Line of Control (LoC) and emphasized that it would convey a clear message of support from the OIC to the Kashmiri people in their legitimate fight for the right to self-determination.
The unshakable support of the Pakistani people and government for the Palestinian people and their cause was again reaffirmed by the prime minister. He emphasized once more that any resolution to the Palestine issue must be based on the boundary that existed before 1967, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif serving as its capital.
He urged the secretary-general to expedite measures to address and ease the humanitarian issues faced by the people of Afghanistan, acknowledging that the OIC has increased its involvement with Afghanistan since the special session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Islamabad in December 2021.
The prime minister also emphasized the need to fight growing anti-Muslim prejudice and efforts to minimize the dignity of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
He voiced worry about the Islamophobia campaign getting worse, especially in the area where anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic agendas were being pushed as instruments of state policy.
The secretary-general reaffirmed the OIC’s unequivocal support for resolving the Jammu and Kashmir conflict in conformity with the pertinent UNSC resolutions.
Additionally, he expressed his sorrow for the deaths and destruction of livelihoods brought on by the recent floods in Pakistan that were brought on by climate change.