|OIC Ignores Pro-Pakistani Representative of Kashmir|
The Secretary General of the Organization of
Islamic Conference (OIC) has invited the
Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat
Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of
the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front,
Muhammad Yasin Malik, and President of Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party,
Shabbir Ahmad Shah to its meetings in New
York on 19 and 23 of next month.
The invited leaders are to participate in OIC's annual Foreign Ministers' Coordination and OIC's Kashmir Contact Groups meetings, as true representatives of Kashmiri people.
The President of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan, Syed Yousaf Naseem of the APHC chapter of Azad Kashmir and Executive Director of Kashmir Centre Washington, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai have also been invited to the OIC New York meetings.It is surprising to note that Syed Ali Shah Gillani, the main component of APHC, a pro Pakistani separatist leader's name was dropped on Pakistan's request. He was recognized as the representative of People of Indian occupied Kashmir ever since OIC has given the Kashmiris representation status. Syed Ali Gillani has been critical of some of the policies of General Musharraf that he considers to be extremely damaging to Kashmir cause. He is also one of the four top leaders of Indian occupied Kashmir. Three of them have been invited by the OIC. Syed Ali Gillani was the only leader from occupied Kashmir who was representing Kashmiris in OIC from its inception. It is one of the examples of the continuous effort of Musharraf regime to sideline pro-Pakistani Kashmiri leaders.
Shabbir Ahmed Shah, while talking to Malik Nadeem Abid of Kashmir Mission, New York, expressed his displeasure and showed his concern at ignoring Syed Ali Gillani and demanded inclusion of his name. He said Gillani has applied for the travel document to attend the OIC meeting but Indian Government never replied. Shabbir Ahmed Shah was not very hopeful about the ongoing peace negotiations and said the masses of Kashmiris are still experiencing murders, mass rape, tortures, and humiliation by the Indian occupied army.
Shabbir Shah spent 21 years of life in prison as a Kashmiri freedom fighter and is known as Nelson Mandella of Kashmir.
It is also important to note the
non-seriousness of one of the
representatives, the President of Azad
Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan, who was
representing the people of Azad Kashmir in
last year September 28, was not prepared for
the speech. He didn't even have a copy of
his speech for the distribution that is one
of the normal protocols at such conferences.
The foreign minister of Sudan was the only
person who mentioned Kashmir as an issue in
his speech that shows the total diplomatic
failure of Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
President of Pakistan, General Musharraf,
President of Azad Kashmir Anwar Khan, and
Foreign minister of Pakistan, Khursheed
Mehmud Kasuri were in town for at least ten
days before the last year's OIC conference
but failed to get any diplomatic support
from any Muslim country.