Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has demanded of India to immediately lift curfew from Occupied Kashmir, which is another diplomatic achievement for Pakistan.
In a video message on Friday, he said he had participated in a meeting of the OIC in Jeddah and discussed the issue with the members. Subsequently, the OIC also issued a press statement. The Minister said people in occupied Kashmir have been facing shortage of food and medicines and they are unable to reach hospitals due to the curfew.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said this demand is not only of Pakistan, but of the entire Muslim countries. He hoped that the UN Security Council will also pay attention to the voice raised by the OIC. “The demand for lifting the curfew is not coming from Pakistan, but from the entire Muslim world,” he said, hoping that the United Nations Security Council will also pay attention to the voice raised by the OIC.
The OIC has taken serious note of reports of curtailment of religious freedoms of Muslims even on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, congregations and sacrificial rituals, and prevention of free movement. The OIC has also urged the international community, including the United Nations and other relevant bodies, to expedite efforts for a negotiated settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
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