OIC voices concern over plight of Rohingya Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR, MALYSIA: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has termed the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as a crisis of unprecedented proportions and expressed concern over the continued acts of repression, discrimination and violence against them.

This was expressed in the final communique of extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.

The resolution called for immediate involvement of Muslim countries as well as the rest of the international community to initiate a process of reconciliation in Myanmar.

Earlier, in his statement at the session, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz appreciated setting up of Advisory Commission on Rakhine state by the Myanmar government to improve the welfare of all people in that state.

He urged the Myanmar government to allow media access and distribution of humanitarian aid in affected areas.

Meanwhile, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz met the Secretary General OIC Dr. Yousef Al-Othaime on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The OIC Secretary General informed the Adviser that under instructions from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan a delegation of the OIC’s Independent Human Rights Commission will be paying a visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir in March this year.

The OIC is also requesting India to allow the delegation to visit Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Advisor briefed the OIC SG about the gross human rights violations in IOK and the resilience shown by the Kashmiri youth in the past five months since the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani on 8 July 2016.

The Advisor invited the OIC Secretary-General to visit Pakistan.—Radio Pakistan