SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday shot a letter to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) general secretary Ayad Amin Madani, urging him to stress upon the Muslim world to play its role in resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz, who was invited to participate in the OIC Kashmir Contact Group and in the OIC foreign ministers meet being held in New York from September 27 to October 1 on the eve of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, was unable to visit New York because of non-issuance of travel documents by government of India.
In a statement, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said that Mirwaiz thanked OIC for supporting the Kashmir cause.
Quoting from the letter, the spokesman said that Mirwaiz wrote that at a time when the session of the UN general Assembly was in progress and OIC foreign ministers were scheduled to meet amid the rising tensions between India and Pakistan, the two largest international organizations could play a responsible role in alleviating the hostilities and use their influence to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz wrote that it was the moral duty of OIC and UN to play their role to resolve the long-pending issue, the spokesman said.
He stated that Kashmir dispute was the core issue between India and Pakistan and a major cause of tension between the two countries.
“It was due to this issue that these two countries fought wars and live in constant hostility,” the spokesman quoting the letter said.
“Mirwaiz stated that Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives and property for the right to self determination. He said that Kashmir dispute, recognized by the UN, is being ruled by dint of military and gun and the Kashmiri political aspirations are trampled by the military and their rights were usurped by the state and their troops by force and coercion,” he added.
“Mirwaiz stated that international community and international organizations should come forward to end these atrocities perpetrated against Kashmiris and fulfill their duty,” the spokesman added.