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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been formally invited by the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad bin Amin Madani to attend the 13th Summit of the OIC to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from April 10 to 15, 2016.

The OIC summit is held after every three years in which Kashmiri leaders are invited.

“Mirwaiz was not able to represent the APHC in the last summit held in Cairo, Egypt due to the unavailability of his travel documents,” a Hurriyat Conference (m) statement said Sunday afternoon.

Thanking the OIC and its Secretary General, Iyad bin Amin Madani for inviting him to the 13th OIC Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Mirwaiz said, “being an important forum of the Islamic countries, and OIC has the responsibility to play a role in helping the Islamic world get rid of the problems confronting it.”

Stressing that the Islamic world was faced with serious problems in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan and Kashmir and every day Muslims were being eliminated mercilessly while the menace of terrorism at the international level was being connected to Islam with a nefarious design, Mirwaiz said the OIC member countries need to devise policies with vision and foresightedness to deal with these issues besides putting in efforts to bring Muslim countries closer.

Lauding the OIC for its “political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu Kashmir, who have been struggling for their Right to Self Determination”, the APHC-m Chairperson said, “peace and stability of entire South Asia was connected to the resolution of Kashmir Issue and the efforts of OIC and other International Organizations could play a positive role in the resolution of this issue.”

Expressing hope that during the 13th OIC Summit, the representatives of its member countries would lay emphasis India and Pakistan leadership to resolve Kashmir Issue “as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu Kashmir, the Mirwaiz urged them to use their influence with both the countries to resolve the vexed issue”.

Meanwhile, an APHC-m spokesperson demanded Government of India to provide travel documents to the APHC-m Chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq so that he would be able to travel to Istanbul, and attend the 13th Summit of OIC and other International Conferences.

“Refusal of the issuance of passport to APHC-m Chairperson was not only unfortunate but also against the basic accepted human right of Right to Travel,” the spokesperson said.


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