UNITED NATIONS - Foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have approved the report of its Contact Group on Kashmir that reaffirmed its call for the resolution of Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, and tasked an Organization's panel to monitor the human rights situation in Indian-held Kashmir.

The call came three days after the stirring address of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the UN General Assembly in which he called for a UN investigation of the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir where Indian security forces are attempting to crush a popular insurgency demanding freedom from India's yoke. The prime minister also stressed the urgency of implementing the decades-old resolutions calling for a plebiscite in the disputed state.

On Friday, at their annual coordination meeting, the foreign ministers of 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) adopted the reports of various OIC Contact Groups, including the one on Jammu & Kashmir, which reaffirmed the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

It also called on the OIC's Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to monitor the human rights situation in Kashmir and submit a report to the next session of the Council of Ministers.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the 71st session of the 193-member Assembly, was chaired by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Foreign Minister of Kuwait, and attended by foreign ministers of member states and Secretary-General of the OIC Iyad Ameen Madani.

Speaking at the meeting, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who led the Pakistan delegation to the meeting, referred to the broad-range of challenges confronting the Islamic Ummah, and briefed the meeting about the gross violations of human rights in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The adviser regretted that the aggression of the Indian occupation forces took a new turn following the extra-judicial killing of the young Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani on 8th July. As a result, over 100 innocent Kashmiris had lost their lives while thousands of Kashmiri men, women and children were injured, many seriously. The deliberate and indiscriminate use of pellet guns against Kashmiris had caused blindness to 150 youth.

The adviser called on the international community to demand that the state-sponsored policies of suppression in Indian-occupied Kashmir are ceased, fundamental rights of the Kashmiris are respected and the UNSC resolutions providing Kashmiris their right to self-determination are implemented by India.

The adviser also reaffirmed Pakistan unwavering support to the cause of Palestine, and restoration of peace and stability in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The meeting underscored the need for greater cooperation between the OIC member states to combat terrorism and violent extremism, and to promote a culture of inter-religious and inter-cultural harmony and understanding.

The meeting inter-alia adopted the report of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, calling upon the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, to monitor the human rights situation in Kashmir, and to submit a report to the next session of the Council of Ministers.

A delegation of the True Representatives of the Kashmiri People, also spoke on the occasion, and apprised the meeting of the latest situation in the occupied territory.

The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan called on OIC Secretary General to impress upon the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council to address the grave and deteriorating situation in IoK and stem its serious implications for peace and security in South Asia.