NEW YORK - OIC Secretary General yesterday Iyad Ameen Madani called for an immediate cessation of Indian oppression and atrocities in Held Kashmir, urging New Delhi to resolve the dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people and the UNSC resolutions.

Addressing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir that met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, he said though the Indian occupying forces could physically blind the Kashmiri people by their pellet guns, they could not block their vision to realise their right to self-determination.

The meeting, chaired by OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani, was attended by Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, foreign ministers of Turkey and Azerbaijan, senior representatives from Niger, Saudi Arabia and the true representatives of Kashmiri people, including AJK President Masood Khan.

The participants of the meeting backed Pakistan’s stance and expressed deep concern over the situation in Held Kashmir, calling for an immediate cessation of Indian atrocities.

Expressing their solidarity with the Kashmiri people, the OIC Contact Group reaffirmed their resolve to raise the voice of the Kashmiris at the international stage.

Sartaj Aziz, addressing the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, referred to the killing of youth leader Burhan Wani and the use of pellet guns by Indian forces against Kashmiri protesters following his death.

Aziz said such measures could not break the spirit of the Kashmiri people and foil their legitimate struggle for self-determination.

Underscoring that Kashmir remains the central issue to lasting peace and stability in South Asia, the PM’s adviser regretted that India had failed to reciprocate Pakistan’s proposal of meaningful engagement for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said.

With the latest disappointing situation in the Indian Held Kashmir, the OIC secretary general hopes the Contact Group Meeting on Jammu and Kashmir will translate the support of the OIC member states into practical and effective measures to help the people of Kashmir.

This year the OIC is actively participating in side events at the UNGA concerning humanitarian work, including cosponsoring the high-level event on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, which will address the issues of protecting civilians and delivering assistance during military campaigns and funding for humanitarian aid in view of Mosul operation. The OIC is also cosponsoring an event on Yemen and participating in an event on the humanitarian crisis in Lake Chad Basin.

Furthermore, the OIC will hold two thematic receptions at its Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, one on Islamophobia – given the latest worrying trends in the US and Europe – and the other on the Group of Friends of the OIC, where representatives of governmental and international organisations, civil society members, intellectuals and media personalities will participate in an open discussion on these issues.