Srinagar: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, for its annual Coordination Meeting of Foreign Ministers as well as the Meeting of Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir in New York later this month.
Mirwaiz got the invitation through a letter from OIC director general of Cabinet Yusuf Al-Othaimeen, which was released to media by the Hurriyat (M) on Friday.
“I have the honour to inform you that the annual Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers as well as the Meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir will be held during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN Headquarters in New York, on 19-22 September 2016.
“In this regard, I have the pleasure to invite you to attend the above mentioned meetings in New York, as invitee,” Othaimeen said in the letter addressed to Mirwaiz.
The Hurriyat (M), however, said that the participation of Mirwaiz was not possible as he continues to be under arrest and his passport stands seized by the government for the last four years.
Mirwaiz, who is part of the pro-freedom camp spearheading the ongoing agitation in the valley, was arrested on August 26 after remaining under house arrest since July 9.
He is currently lodged at the Cheshma Shahi sub jail here.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz-led conglomerate said condemned the use of force on protesters in Kashmir and restrictions on offering Friday prayers in mosques.
A spokesman of the conglomerate said that “such totalitarian” measures from the “ruling regime” were among the “worst form of assault on the religious rights of Muslims of the valley”.
He also criticised the state for not allowing Syed Ali Geelani to address a press conference.
“Gagging and caging the resistance leadership is the only response left with the frustrated regime,” he said.
“Geelani sahabs revelation in the press release about a ‘kill list’ of resistance leaders activists, and prominent Kashmiri personalities belonging to different sections of society supporting the people struggle, by the government of India (GoI) and its local collaborators… would have serious consequences for which GoI itself would be squarely held responsible,” he said, asking people to be cautious.
The spokesman appealed the international community and people believing in justice and humanity to play their role in ending “the killing spree and collective torture being inflicted upon Kashmiri civilians by the Indian forces”.