World Bulletin / News Desk
Kashmiri pro-independence leader says wants to be permanent membership to Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
OIC appointed Abdullah Bin Adbul Rahman Al Bakr, a Saudi national, as special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir. The decision to appoint the special envoy was taken in a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir held in New York.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that he is pursuing permanent membership for the APHC in the OIC.
Kashmiri Media Service quoted Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as saying in a media interview through phone as saying that the Secretary General of OIC was also "receptive to his demand".
The APHC Chairman said "the OIC should press India to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people."
In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.
At a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir, Mirwaiz had reiterated that "if peaceful movement in the occupied territory was crushed by using brute force, the youth would be pushed towards violence."
OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.
Kashmiris see India as an "occupier state" and boycotted India-hold local elections.