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OIC reaffirms support for Kashmiris, asks India to rescind IIOJK annexation

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has once again reaffirmed its “strong and unequivocal support” for Kashmiris and condemned India’s illegal action in the Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) region in a unanimously adopted resolution in the Muslim bloc’s gathering in Niger.

According to details of the Niamey meeting released by Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi led the Pakistan delegation at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Niamey.

He raised the issue of a ban on visas for Pakistanis that was recently imposed by the United Arab Emirates with the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimi.

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Moreover, the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) ensured its strong support for the Kashmir cause. “In a Resolution adopted unanimously by the 47th Session of the OIC in Niamey Saturday, the Council of Foreign Ministers reaffirmed its strong support for the Kashmir cause,” read a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

The OIC foreign ministers condemned in the strongest possible terms human rights violations committed by Indian occupation forces in held Kashmir and terrorism that have been the source of unspeakable suffering for the innocent Kashmiri people.

The FO statement further reads, “The [OIC] Resolution demands that India cancel the issuance of domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris as well as other unilateral and illegal actions, including ‘Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020’, ‘Jammu & Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020’, ‘Jammu and Kashmir Language Bill 2020’ and amendments to the land ownership laws.”

According to the FO statement, the OIC in a comprehensive and strongly-worded resolution rejected the illegal and unilateral actions taken by India in August last year to change the internationally recognized disputed status of the IIOJK and demanded it to give-up on its illegal steps.

Furthermore, the OIC decided to designate March 15 as the “International Day to Combat Islamophobia” each year.

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