DUBAI: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here on Friday categorically stated that only the resolution of Kashmir dispute could ensure durable peace in the region and realize progress and prosperity for the 1.7 billion poverty stricken people in the South Asian region.
He said that Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as a body of 57 states with the world’s one-fifth population and several trillion dollars gross domestic product (GDP), can effectively urge India to fulfill its obligations under UN resolutions for resolving the Kashmir issue.
He was addressing a seminar regarding Kashmir Solidarity Day organized by the Pakistan Consulate here.
Dar said that the Muslim World’s representative body OIC had been consistently supportive of the Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination and constantly expressed concerns over the human-rights violations through numerous OIC resolutions.
Kashmir was a long standing dispute on UN agenda and despite a lapse of 66 years the UN Security Council Resolutions, which promised Kashmiris right to self-determination through a plebiscite under the UN auspices, remained unimplemented, Dar lamented.
He said the non-resolution of this dispute had added to the miseries of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir as more than 700,000 Indian security forces continue to suppress their movement for self-determination.
The Minister said that no election could ever be a substitute to the plebiscite promised by the UN Security Council resolutions, to be conducted under a UN monitored arrangement.
The Kashmiris look towards the international community, particularly the major powers and the Muslim Ummah, for support to their legitimate cause, Dar emphasized.
Ishaq Dar at the conclusion of the seminar also offered dua along with other participants for the success of Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for the right to self determination.