Mirwaiz demands OIC mission's visit to Kashmir
29 June 2001
Islamabad: Former Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mir Waiz Umer Farooq has expressed the hope that Indian government will allow the delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to visit Held Kashmir. "In my meeting with the OIC Secretary General I have once again stressed upon him for a visit to Kashmir and in this connection he will contact the Indian government. I am sure that the Indian government which have never allowed OIC delegation to visit Held Kashmir will now allow it to do so" , Umer told BBC. In this way the OIC will be able to play a more positive role, he said. He said, each and every country while touching the Kashmir dispute in the Conference has referred to Indo Pak dialogue that is going to start from July 1416 and hoped that it will also improve the situation. "We have demanded of the United Nations to appoint a special rapporteur on Kashmir and in this connection we have also suggested the name of Mr Nelson Mandela or otherwise Mr George W. Bush himself can appoint a US representative for this purpose," Umer said. Responding to another question regarding the individual relations of Muslim countries with India, he said, " we think if the Muslim countries enjoy good relations with India it is good for us because in this way they can persuade them to solve the Kashmir issue." He said, it is a fact that some Muslim countries have their own interests while dealing with India but as far as the OIC proceedings regarding Kashmir are concerned , OIC enjoys a unanimous stance on Kashmir. "We hope that this time it will demonstrate more interests over the issue", he added. Replying yet to another question regarding the prospects of forthcoming Indo Pak summit he said, almost everybody has a positive reaction and is of the view that talks will make the headway.