OIC Reaffirms Support To Kashmir Struggle

26 May 2009
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The secretary general, of Organization of Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has reaffirmed OIC’s commitment and support to Kashmir struggle. Chairing the meeting of OIC contact group on Jammu and Kashmir on the sidelines of the 36th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC here, Ihsanoglu, stressed on the need to resume composite dialogue between India and Pakistan to settle the long pending Kashmir dispute once for all. The Foreign minister of Turkey, and the senior representatives of Saudi Arabia and Niger who also attended the meeting reiterated their support to the Kashmir cause. The minister of state for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, who led the Pakistan delegation told the meeting that his government was committed to hold meaningful and result-oriented dialogue with India to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir amicably. He emphasized on the fact that final settlement of the Kashmir issue must be acceptable to all parties i.e. Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri people. Syed Yousaf Naseem, representing the True Representatives of the Kashmiri People, apprised the meeting of the present situation of Jammu and Kashmir. He also presented a Memorandum on Kashmir to the Secretary General. The meeting also adopted a declaration on Jammu and Kashmir, which among other matters deplored the restrictions imposed on the movement of separatist leaders. Separatists hail OIC The chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, has welcomed OIC’s stand and hoped that newly elected government in New Delhi would take immediate steps to resolve the Kashmir issue. He said that the JKLF had made earnest attempts to put the issue before the governments of India and Pakistan. “We collected 15 lakh signatures during our campaign and put this democratic resolution of people before the Indo- Pak leadership,” he added. The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq hailed the statement of OIC and urged the organization to send its team to the Kashmir to assess the ground situation. “We welcome OIC’s statement. It can play an important role in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue,” the Mirwaiz said. The acting chairman of Jammu Kashmir People League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement praised the secretary general of OIC and hoped that forum would play a vital role in resolving the issue. The president of Mahaz-e-Azadi, Mir Muhammad Iqbal, said the OIC and its member countries must use their diplomatic channels to persuade India for the acceptable, durable and honourable solution of Kashmir. The executive director of the Justice Foundation Kashmir Centre London, Nazir Ahmed Shawl in a statement thanked OIC for raising a strong voice in favour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “It is both important and necessary for the OIC to reach out to the Government of India requesting them to provide a greater political space to the existing political dissent in Jammu and Kashmir and release the political prisoners languishing in various prisons.” He suggested that OIC should take an initiative and organize an intra and inter dialogue on both sides of the divided line. He said: “The OIC could help the people of Kashmir restore their movement to freely travel in all parts of the state. It could help in the resumption of the India and Pakistan engagement and correspondingly an ownership needs to be built with regard to this engagement. Its voice is required to support the inclusion of Kashmiris in the engagement. Kashmiris appeal to all the OIC countries to help India and Pakistan to build an atmosphere of trust, friendship and reconciliation. The OIC could help explore the need to implement a truth and reconciliation commission for Jammu and Kashmir.”