Qureshi to address OIC’s emergency meeting on Kashmir

This file photo shows the national flags of the members of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states flying in front of the clock of the Abraj al-Bait Towers in Makkah on Nov. 17, 2019. (AFP)
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Updated 22 June 2020

Qureshi to address OIC’s emergency meeting on Kashmir

  • Foreign minister will brief the group on the prevailing situation in the disputed territory
  • Ministerial-level virtual talks are being held on Pakistan’s request

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will address an emergency meeting called by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) contact group on Jammu and Kashmir, and brief them about the prevailing situation in the area, the Foreign Office said in a statement on Monday.

It added that Monday’s ministerial-level virtual meeting was being held on Pakistan’s request to address the worsening situation in “Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).”

The talks will be chaired by OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, with foreign ministers from member countries, including Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, and representatives of the OIC-Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) expected to attend.

“Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President and true representatives of the Kashmiri people will also participate in the virtual meeting,” the statement said.

Earlier on Sunday, Al-Othaimeen tweeted that the meeting was “part of a series of continuous #JammuAndKashmir Contact Group meetings to address the issue.”

The OIC’s contact group on Jammu and Kashmir was formed in 1994 to represent the organization’s views and coordinate measures to resolve the dispute. 

“This is the third meeting of the contact group since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 in IOJ&K,” excerpts from the statement read, referring in part to New Delhi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last year.

It added that the OIC and the IPHRC had consistently rejected India’s actions while reiterating support for the residents of Indian-administered Kashmir.

The meeting follows a visit by OIC Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Yousef Al-Dobeay, to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in March this year, to reaffirm the organization’s support and solidarity with the Kashmiri people and acquire first-hand information of the situation along the Line of Control.

The OIC comprises 57 member countries with a total population of nearly 1.85 billion people, making it the second-largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations.


CPEC development projects facing threat from India — Pakistani military

Updated 03 December 2020

CPEC development projects facing threat from India — Pakistani military

  • Major General Babar Iftikhar says much of the 'fake news' against the security institutions of the country can be traced back to Indian social media accounts
  • The military spokesperson warns the international community that any change to the balance of power in South Asia will be 'disastrous' for everyone

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's military spokesperson, Major General Babar Iftikhar, said on Thursday that India had ratcheted up its anti-Pakistan campaign in military, diplomatic, information and economic spheres since it was fearful of Pakistan's positive trajectory and considered the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a threat to itself.
In an interview to a local online publication, he said that CPEC was not just about "north-south connectivity" to consolidate the interests of Beijing and Islamabad but also sought to integrate the whole region and make Pakistan its economic hub.
"Somewhere Indians decided that there is a timeline beyond which this project becomes irreversible," he told Global Village Space. "They feel that the progress of this project must be retarded as much as possible so that it doesn't cross that timeline and can somehow be reversed."
The military spokesperson said that the security threat around the corridor project had increased, though he also maintained that Islamabad had provided the world sufficient evidence of India's sponsorship of terrorism through a newly unveiled dossier that was "taken very seriously by the international community."
Asked if Pakistan had taken up the issue of Indian terror training camps in Afghanistan with the administration in Kabul, he said: "We have always acknowledged that the Afghan government has capacity issues. That is also the reason why we never really blamed them for what is happening from the Afghan soil. However, we keep sharing such information with them — it's a regular thing — and have also shared the information in the dossier at appropriate levels."
Iftikhar maintained that India had launched a disinformation campaign against Pakistan, saying that much of the "fake news" against the country and its security institutions could be traced back to Indian social media accounts.
"It is a major challenge, especially what is happening on social media," he said. "However, the best way to handle this is transparency, the best way to handle this is to not leave any information voids, the best way to handle this is to pass on credible information, and that is exactly what we are trying to do here."
"Pakistan is subjected to the fifth-generation warfare and we are aware of that," he continued.
Asked about India's military spending and its recent defense deal with the United States, the military spokesperson said: "The international community has to understand that any major disturbance in balance of power in South Asia will not only be a major disaster for the region but also for the rest of the world. This balance of power must be maintained at every level. The more it is disturbed the more it gets dangerous."