UNITED NATIONS, Geneva—Kashmir activists and the world’s largest Islamic bloc are coordinating closely in international forums, and this cooperation is set to multiply manifold as the 68-year-old international dispute takes center stage.
The Kashmir Delegation to the 31st session of United Nations Human Rights Council met with Dr. Saeed Mohamed al-Ghufli, Member of OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The meeting lasted for about 50 minutes, and was held in one of the rooms of the UN building. Dr. Al-Ghufli, who is a UAE diplomat, received a full briefing from Kashmir lobbyists on the latest situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Delegation head and senior APHC leaders Altaf Hussain Wani and Faiz Nashbandi briefed the OIC official on key humanitarian areas that require urgent attention in occupied Kashmir. Sardar Amjad Yousef, Executive Director Kashmir Institute of International Relations-KIIR, Mrs. Shamim Shawl and Senior Convener APHC Mir Tahir Masood briefed him on the Delegation’s interaction with UN mechanism. Ahmed Quraishi, director of Youth Forum for Kashmir-YFK, briefed the OIC representative on the hate crimes against Kashmiri students and professors at Indian colleges and universities. The OIC official listened carefully, asked some probing questions, and assured the delegation that Kashmir remains at the top of OIC agenda, and that he will remain in contact with Kashmiri human rights defenders for more effective advocacy of the Delegation’s concerns.
Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK) is Pakistan’s first pro-Kashmir, registered and nonpartisan International lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian-military occupation.