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KharStatement by H.E. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar

Foreign Minister of Pakistan,

at the Meeting of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir (Cairo, 5 February 2013)

meets with the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Turkey on 6th

Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu,

Excellencies

Distinguished participants

 

Excellencies,

I am honoured to address this meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on a day when Pakistanis all over the world observe solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the third meeting of the Contact Group in less than six months – an expression of importance that OIC and members states attach to the protracted issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

On behalf of the Government of Pakistan and on my own behalf I convey my sincere gratitude to Your Excellencies for being here with us. I also thank the OIC member states who have extended unequivocal and unconditional support to a cause which has remained on the agenda of OIC since its formation. I deeply appreciate the efforts made by Your Excellency in your capacity as the OIC Secretary General to project the Jammu and Kashmir issue at the international level. The OIC Secretariat also deserves special commendation. I also take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Government of Egypt for the excellent arrangements made for the 12th OIC Summit in this historical city of Cairo.

 

Excellencies

The OIC has consistently supported the Kashmir cause and has always expressed Ummah’s concern over the absence of   progress on Kashmir dispute. OIC message has been clear: Implement the UN Security Council Resolutions which affirm Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The support of the OIC member states to the Kashmir cause is highly valued by the Kashmiris and the people of Pakistan.

 

Excellencies,

 

It is unfortunate that since 1948 Kashmiris’ right to self determination has been denied. This right is enshrined in UN Security Council resolutions and is in full accord with international law. President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, during his  address at the 67th session of the UNGA reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to support the right of people of Jammu and Kashmir  to peacefully determine their destiny in accordance with the UN Security Council’s  resolutions.

 

We appreciate the consistent support of the OIC member states in impressing upon the Government of India and the international community to fulfill its promise to the Kashmiri people as enshrined in the UN resolutions.

 

 

 

Excellencies,

The struggle for self determination has cost Kashmiris dearly in terms of human, economic and social losses. But this has not weakened the resolve of the Kashmiri people.

 

Sadly, human rights violations of the people of Kashmir continue unabated with impunity.  The fundamental rights of the people of Kashmir have been trampled through invoking the Armed Forces Special Power which has been termed as ‘draconian’ and ‘hated’ and “a violation of International Law” by Mr. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur. Instruments of human rights violations, including rape, fake encounters, custodial killings and arrests are being used by the security forces in IoK. Despite the signals that sometime emanate from India that the security forces presence in Kashmir would be reduced, the number of the Indian occupied forces has not gone down.

The discovery of mass graves is a matter of concern not only to Kashmiri but to the whole international community. The demand to conduct an impartial inquiry into the mass graves and forensic identification of dead bodies has received muted response from the Indian authorities. Pakistan shares the concern of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and international human rights organizations over the persistent violations of the human rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Pakistan reiterates it demand and calls upon the Government of India to exercise restraint, stop killing of innocent Kashmiris and ensure those responsible for such crimes are brought to justice. India must also take steps for early release of political prisoners and repeal the draconian laws.  Some international organizations have reported about human rights violations in IoK.OIC can help in compiling a report on human right situation in Indian occupied Kashmir for the information of OIC member states.

 

Excellencies,

 

Pakistan has entered into dialogue with India in good faith to amicably resolve the Kashmir dispute. We are earnestly implementing the Cross-LoC confidence building measures (CBMs) to bring relief to the divided families and reduce the sufferings of the Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC.  These CBMs have contributed towards the creation of a congenial environment between the two countries to address the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

During discussions with my Indian counterpart, we have repeatedly emphasized the need to address the Kashmir dispute in the larger interest of bringing peace and stability to South Asia and ameliorating the sufferings of the Kashmiri people.

 

During the recent violations of the LoC, there have been negative and hostile statements emanating fromthe Indian leadership. I am pleased to state that despite these provocations, Pakistan has chosen to exercise restraints to keep Pak- India peace process on track. We are ready to work with United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to carry out an independent inquiry into the ceasefire violations.  We would also welcome an OIC fact finding mission to investigate the recent incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC.

 

Pakistan is convinced that the key to enduring peace and security in South Asia lies in resolving the longstanding dispute of Kashmir. We are committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution of the dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. To this end we believe that the Kashmiris should be associated with the dialogue process. We hope that the Government of India would reciprocate Pakistan’s principled approach and initiate appropriate steps measures for an early resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

 

Excellencies,

 

The resolution of Jammu and Kashmir would usher in era of peace in South Asia home to nearly 22% of the world population.

 

We appreciate the support extended to the Kashmir cause by the OIC member states expressed through OIC resolutions. We  reiterate our request to implement these resolutions as well as the recommendations contained in the report of OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative for Jammu and Kashmir, particularly: i)Islamic Universities may be requested to provide scholarship to Kashmir students; ii.)Kashmiri youth may be extended training in the OIC Statistical, Economic, and Social & Research Training Centre in Ankara.

 

I would once again convey my profound gratitude to the Secretary General of OIC and the governments of Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, for their constant support for the Kashmir cause. I am also grateful to all of you Excellencies, for your participation in the meeting.

 

Allah bless you all.

 

Press Release

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister meets with the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Turkey

 

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar met with the Foreign Minister of Iran Mr. Ali Akber Salehi on the side lines of the 12th OIC Summit in Cairo. Foreign Minister Khar said that Pakistan enjoyed deep rooted brotherly bilateral relations with Iran and noted that the cooperation between the two countries was on a positive trajectory. She, however, emphasised on taking effective steps to particularly increase bilateral trade. She informed the Iranian Foreign Minister that Pakistan attached great importance to the early completion of Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline project.

Foreign Minister Khar also held a detailed meeting with her Turkish counterpart Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the excellent relations between the two countries and underlined the importance of translating these relations into broad-based and multifaceted cooperation in every field. They also discussed the situation in Syria and Afghanistan and agreed to continue working closely for the peace and stability of these countries.

Islamabad

06 February 2013

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