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OIC Kashmir envoy visits Pakistan

Kamran Yousaf
Press TV, Islamabad

A special envoy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is visiting Pakistan and the disputed Kashmir region to get firsthand accounts of the situation there. The visit comes as tensions between Pakistan and India persist over Kashmir.

Since February, there has been calm at the Line of Control, a de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. But despite relative peace at the border, the situation in the Indian administered Kashmir is precarious. There have been daily reports of human rights abuses.

Against this backdrop, the 57-member OIC envoy met Prime Minister Imran Khan, who briefed him about the current situation in the Indian administered Kashmir. But the public opinion is divided over the role of OIC on Kashmir.

In an official statement, the OIC special envoy expressed Islamic world’s abiding solidarity and support to the legitimate Kashmiri struggle for their right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Kashmir is at the heart of tensions between India and Pakistan for over seven decades. Both countries claim the region in full but rule only parts of it.

While Pakistan has granted access to the OIC special envoy to its part of Kashmir, India has barred the international delegations from visiting its part of Kashmir. This, Pakistan says, highlights Indian effort to hide human rights abuses in the disputed region.



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