Resolve issues faced by Muslims: Geelani urges OIC

Resolve issues faced by Muslims: Geelani urges OIC
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‘Volatile situation in Kashmir needs practical approach’

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday urged Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to play active and effective role in resolving the issues faced by Muslim Ummah.
Welcoming the statement of OIC General Secretary Yousuf Al-Othaimeen on Kashmir, Geelani in a statement expressed hope that this institution will play effective and pivotal role in world politics.
Yousuf Al-Othaimeen had called upon India to allow access to the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission in Kashmir.
Geelani said there is dire need to highlight Kashmir and Palestine issues in their right perspective. He said instead of issuing mere statements, practical and effective measures are needed.
“OIC has a greater and pivotal role in international politics,” asserted Geelani and stressed upon the world body to play its assigned and outstanding role in resolving Kashmir, Palestine and other issues facing Muslim Ummah.
“OIC should impress India to shun its obstinate and military approach against unarmed civilians and fulfill its commitment with oppressed people in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said and urged it to raise the issue at all international forums and use influence to highlight killings, atrocities, arrest spree, uncalled and unjustified use of brute force against peaceful and innocent citizens, perpetrated by Indian authorities.
Hurriyat chairman appealed to OIC member countries to favour and present unanimous resolution in UNO for settlement of Palestine and Kashmir issues and resolve all political issues amicably.
He said OIC member countries should ask UN Secretary General to find ways and means to impress India to shun its “egoistic” approach and stop its “oppressive” forces responsible for prevailing bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The volatile situation prevailing in Kashmir needs a practical approach by OIC and other international bodies,” Geelani said and urged the world body to ask UNO to appoint a War Crime Tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir to identify the culprits of human rights abuses and penalise them.
Geelani said the intervention of UN and OIC in almost all the conflict zones and regions of the globe is a welcome move. “It is in this context (that) the people of Kashmir demand the UN and OIC intervention for a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue (which is) lingering for the last seven decades before the UNO. These issues should be assigned top priority to avert any possible nuclear collusion between the two nuclear powers of the subcontinent,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep grief over the death of a youth Gowher Ahmad Rather from Kangan, who succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS on Tuesday, saying, “Our youngsters are being killed with impunity and India has let lose the reign of terror in occupied state.”
Praying for the slain youth, Geelani expressed sympathy and solidarity with the grieved family. He prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in forces’ action, saying the “so-called” rulers have given forces a licence to kill Kashmiri youth.
Terming the killing of Gowher Ahmad as “cold blooded murder”, Geelani said, “The blood hungry men in uniform only implement the orders of the rulers who in order to please their masters in New Delhi are on a killing spree in Kashmir.”
Geelani warned of dire consequences and said people will resist if these killings are not stopped forthwith.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference strongly condemned the arrest of its leaders Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Umer Adil Dar and putting Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Bilal Sidique, Mohammad Ashraf Laya and Yasmeen Raja under house detention.