• Pakistan takes up visa ban difficulty with UAE
• CFM adopts Pakistan-sponsored decision on Islamophobia
• Islamabad to host subsequent CFM assembly
ISLAMABAD: Amid conflicting reviews whether or not the Kashmir difficulty was on the agenda of an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s assembly in Niger, the international ministers of the OIC’s member states in a diplomatic victory for Pakistan unanimously reaffirmed help for the Kashmir trigger.
In one other landmark improvement, the OIC unanimously adopted a Pakistan-sponsored decision urging the UN Secretary Common to provoke a worldwide dialogue to counter rising Islamophobia and promote interfaith concord.
On the bilateral stage, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who led Pakistan delegation on the 47th session of the Council of International Ministers (CFM) in Niamey, Niger, raised the problem of the ban on visas for Pakistanis lately imposed by the United Arab Emirates with the UAE’s Minister of State for Worldwide Cooperation Reem Al Hashimi.
In response to particulars of the Niamey assembly launched by Pakistan’s International Workplace on Saturday, the CFM reaffirmed its sturdy help for the Kashmir trigger. The OIC categorically rejected unlawful and unilateral actions taken by India on Aug 5 final yr to vary the internationally recognised disputed standing of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and demanded India rescind its unlawful steps.
It requested India to cancel the issuance of domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris in addition to different unilateral and unlawful actions, together with Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Order, 2020; Jammu & Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificates Guidelines, 2020; Jammu and Kashmir Language, Invoice 2020 and amendments to the landownership legal guidelines.
Additionally rejecting insurance policies being pursued by the RSS-BJP regime, the 57 member international locations of the OIC requested India to chorus from taking any steps to change the demographic construction of the disputed territory.
The OIC international ministers condemned within the strongest attainable phrases human rights violations perpetrated by Indian occupation forces in held Kashmir and different such situations of terrorism which were the supply of unspeakable struggling for the harmless Kashmiri individuals.
The decision condemned the state-sponsored terrorism and crimes in opposition to humanity by Indian occupation forces in opposition to the Kashmiri individuals.
It denounced extrajudicial killings throughout pretend ‘encounters’ and ‘search-and-cordon’ operations and demolition of homes and personal properties as a type of collective punishment;.
The unanimous decision condemned the renewed use of pellet weapons by Indian occupation forces in opposition to harmless civilians, condemned the harassment of Kashmiri girls by Indian troops and deplored that India had callously exploited the present Covid-19 disaster to accentuate its army crackdown and additional advance its illegal occupation.
The convention welcomed the go to of OIC Secretary Common’s Particular Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir from March 2-6, 2020.
India was requested to stick to its worldwide human rights obligations and permit the OIC Particular Consultant on Jammu and Kashmir and the OIC Reality-finding Mission to go to occupied Kashmir and implement suggestions of the 2 reviews of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights on Jammu & Kashmir.
The OIC requested the worldwide neighborhood to evaluation its engagements with India because it was violating and disregarding the worldwide legislation, the worldwide humanitarian legislation, and worldwide resolutions.
It emphasised that the query of Kashmir was of utmost significance for the Ummah.
The OIC recognised that Jammu and Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India, and its decision indispensable for realisation of the dream of peace in South Asia.
The CFM famous that the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir are the principal celebration to the dispute, and harassed that they need to be included in any peace course of for decision of the dispute.
It affirmed that any political or electoral course of held underneath international occupation can’t be a substitute to the train of the correct to self-determination.
Tabled in the course of the 47th session of the CFM, a separate decision was drafted within the context of rising incidents of Islamophobia in numerous components of the world.
The decision expressed concern that Islamophobia, as a recent type of racism and non secular discrimination, was on the rise. It expressed deep concern on the current incidents of desecration of the Holy Quran and reprinting of blasphemous caricatures which damage sentiments of greater than 1.eight billion Muslims around the globe.
The OIC determined to designate March 15 because the “International Day to Combat Islamophobia” annually. It authorised the OIC Everlasting Missions in New York to collectively desk a decision within the UN Common Meeting, calling for institution of at the present time.
The decision urged the OIC member states to organise and help numerous high-visibility occasions aimed toward successfully growing consciousness in any respect ranges about curbing Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
Talking on the session, International Qureshi stated that adoption of the decision was a mirrored image of the feelings of billions of Muslims who revered different religions and anticipated related respect for Islam and the Prophet (peace be upon him).
In the meantime, positively responding to Pakistan’s provide, the CFM assembly determined to host its 48th session in Islamabad in 2021.
As the possible CFM Chair, Pakistan additionally turned a member of the six-member OIC Govt Committee for the following three years.
Conferences with FMs
Foreign Minister Qureshi in his assembly with United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi raised the problem of the ban imposed by the Arab nation on Pakistanis.
Mr Qureshi, who spent a busy day in Niamey, holding conferences with international ministers of some international locations, apprised Ms Hashimi of difficulties being confronted by Pakistani residents with regard to the UAE’s ban on visas.
Pakistan is amongst 13 Muslim majority international locations dealing with the ban on new employment and go to visas lately positioned by the UAE.
Curiously, India will not be included in these international locations, and the visa on arrival facility remains to be accessible for European international locations making it clear that the ban has little to do with the coronavirus.
Mr Qureshi underscored the necessity to tackle the problem on the earliest attainable.
He highlighted the shut fraternal ties in addition to people-to-people contacts between the 2 international locations and harassed Pakistan’s dedication to forge nearer cooperation with the UAE in various fields.
Whereas appreciating Mr Qureshi’s assertion on the CFM session, the Emirati minister lauded Pakistan’s initiative to suggest an OIC decision on combating Islamophobia.
The 2 sides additionally exchanged views on OIC issues and harassed the significance of strengthening it as a united and pivotal platform for the Ummah.
It was additionally agreed to reinforce mutual exchanges to hold ahead the method of rising bilateral cooperation.
Mr Qureshi additionally held conferences with Foreign Minister Kalla Ankouraou of Niger, Minister of State for International Affairs of Somalia Balal Mohamed Osman, Sudanese Foreign Minister Omar Qamaruddin Ismail and Foreign Minister of Kuwait Dr Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah.
Printed in Daybreak, November 29th, 2020