Farooq Sees Mounting OIC Interest For Kashmir Solution
22 September 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mir Waiz Omer Farooq Friday said that there was mounting interest in Thursday's meeting of OIC Contact Group for an amicable solution of longstanding Kashmir dispute. In a telephonic interview to PTV the APHC Chairman said the meeting extended full support to a solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people and it also endorsed Pakistan's position in this regard. He said the OIC has appointed a special representative for Kashmir which is an encouraging sign. The APHC leadership has requested the special representative to visit Indian Held Kashmir to have an eye witness account of the situation on ground adding the OIC Secretary General has assured to materialized this demand. Besides he said that the OIC Secretary General has assured that a visit of the ambassadors of OIC members posted in New Delhi would also be arranged to Srinagar, he informed. He said the OIC contact group was of the firm opinion that global peace would not be possible until the issues of Kashmir and Palestine are amicably resolved. The Secretary General of the OIC has urged India to sincerely cooperate in the process of composite dialogue so that the longstanding issue of Kashmir could be addressed, he added. He said the APHC leadership has urged the OIC members having good relations with India to use their influence for an amicable solution of Kashmir dispute. To a question he said the government of India is not in a position to deny the ground reality that international community is deeply interested in an amicable solution of Kashmir dispute. He said Indians have a weak stance with reference to Kashmir issue and they are making vain efforts to link the struggle of Kashmiri people with terrorism and extremism. The Indians are well aware that Pakistan has displayed a positive attitude with reference to composite dialogue process and the international community is appreciating this role. He said that there is also an awareness within india that issue of Kashmir be resolved so that the process of progress and prosperity could be moved forward. Omer said the outcome of the meeting between President Musharraf and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is good omen. He expressed the hope that this development would help push the peace process forward towards a logic end. To another question he said, validity of confidence building measures notwithstanding, some change in the conditions on ground is imperative to muster the confidence of Kashmiri people in the peace process.