ISLAMABAD - Special Representative of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General on Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim reiterated the organisation’s complete support to the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for the fundamental right to self-determination.

He said this at a seminar and photo exhibition on Kashmir, jointly-organised at the OIC Secretariat and by the Pakistan Consulate, Jeddah.

According to a foreign ministry statement issued here, Ambassador Alim said that recently the situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) had turned critical.

The OIC called on the Indian government to stop using force against the Kashmiri people. 

In his welcoming remarks, Consul General Shehryar Akbar Khan said that the event was organised to mark the illegal entry of Indian force into occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. 

After the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani on 8 July 2016, the situation has worsened.

Since then more than 115 Kashmiris have lost their lives and 15,000 have sustained injuries. Around 850 have sustained severe injuries to their eyes.

Ghulam Muhammad Safi informed the audience about prevailing situation and continued human rights violations in the IOK.

He called on the international community to play its role so that the Kashmiri people could exercise their inherent right of self-determination. 

Kashmir Committee Jeddah Chairman Masood Ahmad Puri called upon the international community to break its silence on the tragedy in Kashmir.

He presented a resolution to Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim, on behalf of the Kashmir Committee, Jeddah, calling upon the OIC to redouble its efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue.

In his concluding remarks, Manzoorul Haq, ambassador of Pakistan to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia thanked the OIC and the kingdom for supporting the cause of the people of Kashmir.

He highlighted the plight of the people of Kashmir and the gross human rights violations by the occupying forces.

Haq said that Pakistan wanted to resolve its disputes with India including on the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue and in a peaceful manner.

The photo exhibition and seminar on IOK at the OIC Secretariat has become an annual feature for the past four years.

The event was attended by high level OIC officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, local dignitaries and representatives of the Pakistani community.