Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani Thursday urged Organization of Islamic Conference member countries to make resolution of Kashmir “important determinant and guiding principle” in their relations with India.
“I humbly request all the member countries of OIC more particularly Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt to make resolution of Kashmir as an important determinant and guiding principle in their relations with India,” the octogenarian leader said in his letter to Secretary General OIC, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
He said that the Islamic body was powerful enough to influence the global decisions and enforce its own agenda.
“But what has been preventing it to perform the role history has cast for it? Why it has not so for succeeded in persuading India for living by its promise and conceding right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir? The reason as I see has been that majority of member countries of OIC have not been living by the resolutions adopted on Kashmir in its meetings and summits in their relations with India.”
“Kashmir is yet to become a determinant in the relations of OIC member countries with India. And it is this policy of the Muslim World in particular and world in general that has encouraged perpetually denying right to self-determination to the people and perusing its policy of persecution and subjugation against Kashmiris.”
He said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are living “amidst stark naked bayonets for over past sixty three years and have been persistently and persuasively reminding the international community and United Nations about the promise of right to self-determination and India unashamedly having backtracked from these commitments.”
“They (people of Jammu and Kashmir) have been demanding the intervention of global fraternity for asking India to keep its promises.”
He said that people have been amply making it clear to the world community that they want to end the ‘forced marriage and end occupation’.
“They made it sufficiently clear through peaceful movements during past three years 2008, 2009, 2010, when millions converged on roads all over the state with one voice: ‘We want freedom’, Go! Go! Go back- India Go Back.”
“The reports that were carried in the international press from Washington Post to the Arab News about these movements that lasted for months should be with majority of delegates in this conference as fresh as morning breeze,” he says, asserting that these “movements not only belied Indian claim over Jammu and Kashmir but made the world community to recognize the movements as peaceful, non-violent and indigenous.”
In his letter, a copy of which was circulated by amalgam to media house including PBI, Geelani has mentioned repeated promises by India’s first Prime Minister to people of Kashmir about the Right to Self Determination.