Mouhab Al Awar, Jeddah – The 16th extraordinary meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) was held at the OIC Secretariat, Jeddah on 15 September 2019. The meeting was called by the OIC Secretariat at the request of Saudi Arabia as Chair of the 14th Islamic Summit.
The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the announcement by the Israeli Prime Minister of his intention to annex territories in the occupied West Bank in the event of winning Israeli Elections.
Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood led Pakistan delegation in the extraordinary meeting, which was chaired by Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Saudi Foreign Minister.
In his statement, the Minister said that the unilateral announcement, in violation of the relevant UNSC resolutions and principles of international law, is a dangerous trend and threat to international peace and security. He also expressed that it will further complicate the already tense situation and destabilize the region.
He appealed to the OIC members, United Nations and the international community to revive their obligation towards the people of Palestine and Al Quds Al Sharif. He added that the UN and the OIC members should condemn such irresponsible announcements, being used as party slogans in the election campaign, which can jeopardize peace in the region.
He also drew attention to the unfolding sufferings of the Kashmiri people in the past seven weeks at the hands of another occupying power. The people of Palestine and Kashmir have many things in common. They share a history of over seven decades of occupation. Their right to self-determination, protected under international law, continues to be trampled upon. Both of them have been subjected to collective punishment, state-sanctioned terror, and unspeakable suffering. Their struggle for legitimate rights has been deliberately targeted as “terrorism” to divert the world’s attention from the repression of Israel and India. Their fundamental rights and freedoms have been clamped down.
He added that the people of Kashmir have been locked into a giant prison since 5 August 2019, with their telephones and communications cut-off, their children have been abducted from their homes in the middle of nights and subjected to torture, their political leaders arrested and imprisoned, and their access to health services and life-saving drugs curtailed. Muslims were prevented from offering Eid Al Adha and Juma prayers in large congregations in Srinagar and other parts of Indian occupied Kashmir. Indian claims of normalcy and easing of restrictions are being consistently challenged by the international media. Even governments that have robust political and economic relations with India have expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating situation in the occupied territory. Calls continue to mount on India to immediately remove the indefensible lockdown, lift the curfew and other restrictions, and respect the Kashmiris’ rights.
We are grateful to OIC and its member countries for their support at the Human Rights Council. We thank the OIC Secretary General and the Independent Human Right Commission for the consistent messages of solidarity and support for the Kashmiri people in all these days.
The people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir have expectations and hopes from the OIC countries. Their struggle is just. Their rights, dignity and lives must be protected. We look forward to political and diplomatic support for the Kashmiri people and solution to the Kashmir dispute through UN Security Council resolutions.
Federal Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s principled position that the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, is the only way to bring peace and stability in Middle East.