Mirwaiz invited by OIC to attend Turkey summit

Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been invited by Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to attend its summit in Turkey from next week, prompting the separatist amalgam to seek passport to facilitate his travel.

The Mirwaiz received the formal invitation from OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani for the 13th Summit to be held at Istanbul from April 10 to 15. The meeting is held every three years with Egypt hosting the last one which he could not attend.

Government sources said it was unlikely that the Hurriyat Chairman would be getting the travel documents to facilitate his travel.

The Mirwaiz, who has been raising concern over the growth of banned ISIS terror group, has meanwhile asked the OIC, an important forum of Islamic countries, to discuss problems faced in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine and play a role in helping the Islamic world get rid of them.

“The OIC member countries need to devise policies with vision and foresightedness to deal with these issues besides putting in efforts to bring Muslim countries closer,” he said.

He expressed hope that during the Summit, representatives of OIC members would lay emphasis on Indian and Pakistani leadership to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu Kashmir.

He urged the Muslim body to use its influence with both the countries to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue.