Will Geelani Attend OIC New York Meet?


SRINAGAR: In what could be a major development, Hurriyat patriarch and chairperson of his amalgam, Syed Ali Geelani shall is attending the session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) foreign ministers meeting to be held in New York from September 27 to October 1 this year.

Besides Geelani, chairperson Dukhtaran-e- Millat Asiya Andrabi has also been invited by the OIC’s Director General of Cabinet, Abdul Aziz Al- Sabeel to represent Kashmir in the coming foreign ministers meeting in New York.

OIC had invited Geelani in the past too for this meeting, but could not attend for not having the passport.

But this time Geelani is having passport, as he was issued one only in July by the authorities. He had applied for the same in May to travel to Dubai to meet his ailing daughter, who had suffered a paralytic attack. And in July the short-duration passport was issued to him, which will be valid for nine months.

This would be first time that Geelani will be attending an OIC meeting in New York.

However, Hurriyat (g) spokesperson, Ayaz Akbar, told KNS that no decision has been taken yet whether Geelani would attend the meet or not. “Geelani sahab has been invited to attend the OIC meeting, but no decision has been taken on it so far. The decision on it will be taken in APHC members meeting soon,” he said.

Sources said that Geelani, if allowed to travel, would apprise OIC leadership about present situation of Valley, and “will urge them to press India to stop human rights violations perpetrated by its forces in Kashmir”.

OIC Invites Mirwaiz 

Hurriyat Conference (M) Friday said that Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General has invited it Chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to attend the annual meeting of the foreign ministers of member states of the OIC and the meeting of “Kashmir Contact Group” to be held at New York from27 September to October 1 on the side lines of the 70th sessions of the UN General assembly.

“APHC has an observer status in the OIC,” the Hurriyat statement said.

“Mirwaiz, who has not been able to attend international meetings and seminar since government has not issued him travel documents for the last 3 years, said that if government provided him with travel documents he would attend the OIC meetings,” the Hurriyat (m) statement said quoting Mirwaiz.

“Apart from representing the people’s aspirations and advocating a just solution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, he would lay special emphasis to raise awareness about the cultural and religious aggression being undertaken in J&K by communal and divisive forces like the recent order of the banning beef in the State,” the statement added.

“In case he is not able to go he will write a letter to OIC general secretary detailing out the current political, social and religious scenario in the state,” the statement said.

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