Also among ‘five top influential persons’ in subcontinent
SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been for the fifth consecutive year chosen among the 500 most influential Muslim personalities across the globe by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISISC) Jordan and one among the “five topmost influential persons” in the subcontinent.
According to the RISISC-Jordan’s annual report for the year 2019 tilted The Muslim 500, “Dr (Mirwaiz Umar) Farooq inherited the title of the 14th Mirwaiz, (traditional preacher of Muslims in Kashmir) in 1990 after the martyrdom of his father. At the young age of twenty, he became the chairman and founder of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grassroots coalition of pro-freedom parties in J&K. He has raised the Kashmir problem at the United Nations, European Parliament and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), advocating dialogue with both India and Pakistan so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realized.”
RISISC-Jordan’s annual report for year 2018, of declaring Mirwaiz among the most influential 500 Muslims across the world and among five in the subcontinent, is a matter of pride and honour for the people of Kashmir and an acknowledgment of their rightful and just struggle for self determination, a spokesperson of the amalgam said in a statement issued here.