Pakistan tries to organize ICO session in Islamabad: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan was trying to organize the next regular session of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) in Islamabad, Foreign Affairs Office spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui said Thursday.

Farooqui made the comments at the weekly press conference where he was asked about the possibility of a special ICO session on Kashmir.

Work is underway ... Pakistan wants the next regular ICO session in Islamabad, he replied.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said last week that Pakistan wanted an early meeting of the OIC Foreign Affairs Ministers in Kashmir.

Qureshi's statement came after media reports here said that Saudi Arabia broadcast to Pakistan through its Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, who was planning to convene a meeting on the subject.

State Pakistan Radio even reported that the ICO meeting at the ministerial level was expected to be held in Islamabad in April.

The ICO is a group of 57 members of Muslim-majority nations, including Pakistan. The ICO has generally supported Pakistan and often sided with Islamabad on the issue of Kashmir.

Farooqui also called for the immediate lifting of the curfew, the restoration of the internet, the release of political prisoners and permission for international observers to witness the situation in Kashmir.

She said Pakistan faced challenges along the Control Line (LoC) due to the frequent unprovoked and heavy deployment of weapons from India.

Pakistan has shared its concerns about LoC violations with the UN and other international partners, he said, adding that the Foreign Minister recently wrote the seventh letter to the UNSC president on the situation.

Pakistan has been trying unsuccessfully to obtain international support against India to withdraw on August 5 and fork it into two territories of the Union.

Reacting sharply to India's decision, Pakistan degraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the high commissioner from India.

India has categorically told the international community that it was its internal matter. He also advised Pakistan to accept reality and stop all propaganda against India.