SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, too has been invited by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to its meeting on Kashmir scheduled to be held in the United States later this month.
The OIC, an amalgam of 54 Muslims countries, has established a contact group of its members on Jammu and Kashmir. The group is referred as OIC Contact Group on J&K.
In a letter addressed to Geelani, Director General of OIC Cabinet, Dr Yousuf Al Othmaan, has said that the foreign ministers of the OIC members and the OIC Contact Group on J&K was meeting during the 71th session of United Nations General Assembly.
The session will be held at UN headquarters in New York from 19-22 September, he has said.
“In the regard, I have the pleasure to invite you to attend the above mentioned meetings in New York, as invitee,” wrote Dr Yousuf Al Othmaan.
An invite has been sent to Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as well. But his conglomerate has informed that he may not be able to attend the session as he stands imprisoned and his passport confiscated by the state.
Geelani too has been serving house detention since 2010, while the authorties have denied his travel documents for participation in similar events held outside India.
Meanwhile, Geelani impressed upon people of his native village to remain steadfast towards the ongoing ‘freedom movement’.
Addressing over phone a pro-freedom rally held in Dooru village of Sopore this afternoon, Geelani asked people not to “fall prey to petty issues”.
“You have showed resilience since 1947 and have supported me in last 50 years. You need to continue with the same commitment to the freedom movement,” he told the protesters.
“Stay united, and don’t fall prey to useless things that create an atmosphere of disgust and disbelief in pro-freedom leadership,” he said.
Reports said that hundreds of people from adjacent villages had marched towards Dooru, despite police, SOG and CRPF men blocking entry points to the village.
Geelani asked people to take care of the needy on the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
“Our Eid is in our freedom. Make sure not a single person faces any problem on the auspicious occasion,” he said, stressing on the need to make Bait-ul-Maals stronger.
“Stronger Bait-ul-Maals mean our struggle against the forcible occupation will be stronger,” he said in his over 20-minute telephonic address.
He asked people not be hopeless. “Be hopeful. Hopelessness is sin, and, Insha Allah, we will be free.”