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29 March 2012

Kashmiri delegation calls on Sec General OIC

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By Raja Muneeb

Srinagar: Kashmiri delegation visiting OIC headquarters in Jeddah called on Sec General OIC Prof. Ekmeldin Ehsanoglu . The delegation was led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and included barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo,Nazir ahmed shawl . The sec general gave a very patient hearing to a briefing on current situation in Jammu and kashmir by Mirwaiz. Follwing the briefing the secvgenerals immediate reaction was that the OIC needs to be more proactive on Jammu and Kashmir issue. He agreed to the suggestion that in order to apprise the international opinion the contact group on kashmir needs to be expanded. He remarked that political, diplomatic, developmental and human rights aspect of the conflict on kashmir should be seriously addressed. He further said as the region is expecting new developments in the times to come in which Kashmir resolution becomes more and more crucial, therefore it is vital for the OIC to strengthen the bonds of goodwill between India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir and put its weight behind a result oriented peace process. Any ultimate result has to be in accordance with the genuine and legitimated aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Secretary General visualised that a closer coordination between OIC and the European Union on the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir will help create an effective mechanism for bringing and lead to the much needed reconciliation among the three parties to the Kashmir issue.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his initial briefing updated the secretary general with the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In this context he referred to political realities and human rights situation on the ground emphasing the fact that the APHC is committed to a peaceful resolution of the kashmir conflict and in this regard is willing to engage with india and pakistan but at the same time he expressed his reservation that this process may not be entirely successful unless provided a congenial atmosphere is not created in the state of Jammu and kashmir particularly widthdrawing all draconian laws including the Armed forces special power act.

Mirwaiz appreciated the efforts of the Secretary general in transforming the organisation into a more vibrant and forceful voice of the ummah around the globe. Th and conveyed on behalf of the people ofbjammu and kashmir. The secretary general very kindly accepted the invitation of Mirwaiz on behalf of the people of Jammu and kashmir to visit he state of Jammu and kashmir . The secretary general assured the delegation that OIC will strengthen its relations with the true representatives of Kashmir.

[Raja Muneeb is a Journalist based in J&K. He can be contacted at rajamuneeb27@gmail.com]

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