The prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan has said that the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) - the association of 56 Islamic states promoting Muslim solidarity in economic, social, and political affairs - should be made a permanent member of the UN security council. Speaking at a news briefing in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, he said the Islamic countries had a right to have an effective role in the UN security council.
He said the government in Pakistan-administered Kashmir was considering a proposal to establish an "OIC Town" in the region, to create awareness of the role Muslim countries are playing in the rehabilitation of the areas in the region that were hit by the October 2005 earthquake.
He said he had presented a proposal for setting up an office of the Islamic Development Bank in the Pakistan Kashmir, during his meeting with the president of the Bank in Saudi Arabia.
He acknowledged the role of the OIC on the disputed region of Kashmir and said the organisation had been supporting Pakistan’s viewpoint. He welcomed the meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Islamabad at a very crucial phase in history.
Among a spate of issues confronting the Muslim Ummah (Global Muslim community) in particular and the world in general, the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan constituted a core issue.
He said the dispute arose out of the fact that the people of Kashmir had not been given the opportunity to decide their future as promised to them by the UN.
He said that the just cause of Kashmiris deserved support of all world organizations believing in the supremacy of human values and rights. The OIC has been supportive of this just struggle.
He pointed out that in the Contact Group on Kashmir meeting of OIC foreign ministers at the UN headquarters last year, lent moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause by upholding the 10-point proposals, including termination of repression, release of detenues, withdrawal of the Indian army from towns, the end to human rights violations and expanding intra Kashmir contacts, trade and tourism.
The appointment of Ezzat Kame Mufti as special envoy of the OIC secretary general on Kashmir was a another step in this direction.
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