Don't Allow Pak To Use OIC Platform: Nazir Gilani
3 July 2005
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: International Kashmir Alliance, an amalgam of overseas Kashmiri organisations, has asked Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to adopt a pro-people approach on Kashmir issue rather than allowing Pakistan to 'use' it for its own interest. In a letter written to OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, London-based IKA Chairman Nazir Gilani blamed the world body of Muslim nations for not understanding the Kashmir problem to its fullest and always promoting the sovereign interest of Pakistan Government. 'OIC unfortunately has got the text of its understanding of the movement of Kashmir wrong at core. OIC has been misled to pedal a very narrow understanding of Kashmir dispute and more so it has acted to advance the sovereign interests of the Government of Pakistan,' Gilani said in his letter. IKA urges OIC not to allow Pakistan to monopolise the Muslim sentiment over the Kashmir issue, Gilani said, adding 'we would be encouraged to see if the OIC takes a pro-people position to safeguard the interests and ensures the progress and well being of all people.' Asserting that OIC has made a fundamental error in introducing divisive phrase of 'true representative of the people of Jammu and Kashmir' in its various resolutions adopted on Kashmir, Gilani said 'the phrase is India specific and Pakistan is given a free hand to continue with constitutional restraints imposed' in occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas. He said the Pakistan Government is 'culpable for death of a generation' and 'disunity in militant and (separatist) politicians leadership of the state.'