Kashmir not on agenda of OIC international ministers’ assembly
The Newspaper’s Workers ReporterUpdated 26 Nov 2020
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In this file photo, paramilitary personnel stop Kashmiri commuters in Srinagar during a clampdown. — AFP

On this file picture, paramilitary personnel cease Kashmiri commuters in Srinagar throughout a clampdown. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Kashmir dispute has not been included within the agenda of the two-day assembly of international ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) being held in Niger’s capital Niamey from Friday.
The OIC statements, each in English and Arabic, made no particular point out of Kashmir within the agenda introduced in Riyadh.
OIC Secretary Normal Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen was quoted within the official assertion as having mentioned that the assembly would focus on the Palestinian trigger, the struggle in opposition to violence, extremism and terrorism, Islamophobia and defamation of faith, the scenario of Muslim minorities and communities in non-member states, fundraising for the Rohingya case on the Worldwide Court docket of Justice, in addition to the promotion of dialogue amongst civilisations, cultures and religions, and different rising issues.
The agenda of the Niamey assembly additionally consists of dialogue on the political, humanitarian, financial, social and cultural and different points associated to science and know-how, the media and the progress made within the implementation of the “OIC-2025: Plan of Motion” doc. It could, furthermore, characteristic a brainstorming session on “Safety and Humanitarian Challenges Confronting African Sahel States Members of the OIC”.

Pakistan has for the reason that annexation of occupied Kashmir by India been demanding a particular assembly of the OIC international ministers on the dispute. The assembly has not been convened thus far as a result of the Saudis, who wield a digital veto within the 57-member bloc of Muslim nations, has not supported Islamabad’s transfer.
The most recent omission of Kashmir from the agenda of the common international ministers’ assembly comes at a time when ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia/UAE stay strained over what Pakistani diplomats say are “unfulfilled expectations”.
A diplomatic supply individually mentioned that this time OIC Contact Group on Kashmir wouldn’t meet both. The hosts declined a Pakistani request for a gathering on the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi left Islamabad on Wednesday for collaborating within the OIC assembly.
The Overseas Workplace mentioned Mr Qureshi would spotlight the irritating human rights scenario in occupied Kashmir after final 12 months’s annexation and introduction of measures to alter the demographic construction of the Muslim-majority and disputed area.
Iftikhar A. Khan provides: The international minister, in the meantime, wrote a letter to the president of the United Nations Safety Council and the secretary basic, urging the Safety Council to train its direct duty to stop India from perpetrating its legal colonial challenge to alter the demographic construction of the disputed territory.
The letter additionally requires securing the implementation of the UN resolutions which recognise Kashmiris’ official proper to self-determination by way of a free and neutral plebiscite below the UN auspices.
Printed in Daybreak, November 26th, 2020