September 2006 News

OIC Contact group adopt resolution on Kashmir

21 September 2006
The Pakistan Tribune

New York: OIC Contact Group unanimously adopted a resolution including the ’interim measures’ one to option among ten options presented by Prime Minster of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Attiq Ahmad Khan in its meeting during political margin of UN General Assembly’s 61st annual session in the UN headquarter on Wednesday. The OIC Contact Group on Kashmir comprises Foreign Minister of five countries, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Niger. The meeting opened in one of the committee room of the UN secretariat presided over by the chairman, the OIC Secretary General Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and attended by foreign ministers of above mentioned members. Later on UN lobby had expressed full agreement on the recommendations of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir. Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the OIC Secretary General in their speeches threw renewed support behind the right of self determination struggle being run by the people of Kashmir. The 10-point proposals on Kashmir enunciated on behalf of Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and on his own behalf and other members of Kashmir delegation, Sardar Attiq Ahmad Khan sought OIC help in ending repressive laws in Indian occupied Kashmir release of deters free movement of Kashmiris across the Line of Control (LoC), facilitation to Kashmiri leadership to meet together to help the situation in Kashmir, reduction of tension, resumption of CBMs and follow-up action thereon, pending a permanent settlement of Kashmir taking interim measures for serious considerations, withdrawal of association of principal political parties of all denominations in Jammu and Kashmir with the Pak-India dialogue process. Prime Minister of AJK said, 'We believe that a sustained and meaningful dialogue process between Pakistan and India is the only way forward to find a just and final settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.' The Secretary General in his responding remarks assured the Azad Kashmir Prime Minister to follow up action on these proposals backed by the Chairman of the APHC Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. The chairman of APHC asked Indian government to open talks over Kashmir with Pakistan and Kashmiris. He hailed the appointment of representative of the OIC Secretary General on Kashmir and urged his visit to Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan-India dialogue on Kashmir. The AJK PM hailed the Kashmir stand reiterated by President General Pervez Musharraf in Havana Non-Aligned movement conference and in European Parliament arranged 2-day global discourse on Kashmir last week in Brussels. ’The demand of Kashmiris to associate them with dialogue process has always been encouraged by Pakistan, but Indian government’s reluctance impedes’ said the AJK premier. The premier reminded that ’every home in Indian Occupied Kashmir in paying a huge price for demanding right to self-determination. 'Continued denial of this right is no solution. ’The people of Kashmir look to the international community to takes stock of their sacrifices.' he added. Earlier the Secretary General OIC and Chairman of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir assured in his address , ’I stand committed to exploring other avenues in order to bring India on board so as to alleviate, on a priority basis, the suffering of the Kashmiris and substantially improve their human right condition’ referring to Indian refusal to accept the role of special representative on Kashmir appointed by the Secretary General, Ambassador Ezzar Kamal Mufti is the special representative of OIC on Kashmir.’ The Kashmiri delegation is headed by AJK PM comprises APHC Chairman, Media Advisor to PM AJK Hameed Shaheen and Principal Secretary to PM AJK M Akram Sohail and PS Azmat Baig New York. The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir in its meeting here on Wednesday deliberated upon the draft report on Kashmir dispute prepared by OIC Secretary General and Chairman Contact Group Dr Emeleddin Ihsanogh of Turkey. The draft comprising five Paragraph will not be taken up for consideration and proper action in the annual coordination meeting of Foreign Ministers of OIC member State on September 25 at the UN headquarter here. The Wednesday meeting of the Contact Group was presided over by its Chairman Secretary General OIC and attended by groups five members, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Foreign Minister of Turkey, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and of Niger. The deputy Foreign Minster of Niger late in attendance however, later occurred with the proceedings and recommendations of the Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir inside the UN headquarters and expressed his full concord on OIC ’s Contact Group. On Jammu and Kashmir dispute resolution. He had lobby meeting with the Prime Minister of AJK inside the UN headquarter and expressed his full concord on OIC’s Contact Group proceedings. The Kashmiri delegation was led by the Prime Minister of AJK Sardar Attiq Ahmad Khan, From Indian Occupied Kashmir Chairman APHC Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Both the Kashmiri leaders upheld the modus operandi of the OIC to proceed towards peaceful resolution of old Kashmir dispute, accommodating Kashmir aspirations. The OIC draft report approved in the Contact Group meeting reaffirmed the inalienable right for self- determination and the protection of their fundamental human rights, supporting also the UN and ICFM resolutions on Kashmir. ’the parties to sustain the enabling environment to push the peace process forward with a view to expeditionary resolving all outstanding matters including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. The draft report urges India ’to avail itself of the good offices provided by the OIC and to improve the human rights conditions of the people and to allow international human rights group and humanitarian organizations to visit Indian Occupied Kashmir. It welcomed the appointment of special representative of OIC on Kashmir, ambassador Ezzat Kamel Mufti said.


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