OIC head says new special envoy to Kashmir to help issue

Kashmiris welcomed the appointment of a special envoy to Himalayan valley by OIC while Secretary General expressed hope over the Kashmir issue.

OIC head says new special envoy to Kashmir to help issue

Kashmiris welcomed the appointment of a special envoy to Himalayan valley by the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) while Secretary General expressed hope over the Kashmir issue.

The OIC, early this week, had announced the appointment of Abdullah Bin Adbul Rahman Al Bakr, a Saudi national and OIC's Assistant Secretary General of Political Affairs, as the special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York

OIC has appointed secial envoy for Jammu and Kashmir to help bridge the gap between India and Pakistan, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu of Turkey said.

He was in Washington to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The OIC secretary general was in Washington to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Indian newspapers quoted Ihsanoglu as saying this was not for the first time that a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir has been appointed.

The Kashmir Issue was the mandate given to OIC by Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Summits, he said. 

Healing appointment 

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, attended the 64th meeting of U.N. General Council, Kashmiri Media Service said.

Mirwaiz was quoted as saying that the officials assured that America not only supports the Indo-Pak dialogue for peace and stability in South Asia, but also favours the inclusion of Kashmiris in the process.

The leader of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Javed Ahmad Mir, while welcoming the appointment of a special OIC envoy, has said that it will help resolve the Kashmir dispute, the news agency reported.

Javed in a statement issued in Srinagar thanked Turkey and Arab countries for recognising Kashmir as a disputed territory and described it a big achievement of the Kashmiri people.

The Himalayan region is at the heart of a decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan, who have fought two of their three wars over the issue since they won freedom from British rule in 1947.

Kashmiris see India as an "occupier" and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.

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.
Last Mod: 04 Ekim 2009, 12:41
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