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OIC chief reiterates support to ‘Kashmir movement’

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Srinagar, Nov 21: Secretary General, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated his support to the Kashmir struggle while inaugurating an event to mark ‘Kashmir Black Day’ organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah, a media report said.

Pakistan Consulate Jeddah organized a seminar and photo exhibition on Kashmir at the OIC Secretariat on Monday, reported ‘Saudi Gazette’.

While presiding over the event, Dr. Yousaf Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, OIC Secretary General, reiterated OIC’s full support to the people of Kashmir in their “legitimate struggle for the fundamental right to self-determination,” said the report.

The ceremony and the symposium that followed took place in the presence of Pakistan’s Consul General Shahryar Akbar Khan, along with the Member States’ permanent representatives to the OIC and diplomatic corps, OIC said on its website.

“The Secretary General underlined that organizing ‘Kashmir’s Black Day’ commemoration at the OIC General Secretariat’s headquarters is a true expression of the OIC’s firm stance and continued support to the Kashmiris to exercise their long overdue right to self-determination,” the OIC website reported.

“He pledged that the OIC will continue to advocate the Kashmiri issue at every international forum.”

“The OIC is closely following the developments of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Al-Othaimeen added, stressing that the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is monitoring the gross violations of human rights in Indian-administered-Kashmir.”

The OIC chief said that lasting peace in south-east Asia can only be achieved through a just and lasting settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute based on UN resolutions.

This was the second consecutive year that the Secretary General of OIC has presided over the seminar, reported ‘Saudi Gazette’.

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