Malaysia assures support to Kashmiris in their struggle


LONDON: Apart from other dignitaries, Syekh Datuk Seri Ahmad Awang, a senior representative of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM), and Chairman of International Alliance of World Masjid, attended the London Conference on Kashmir, which was held at the Parliament Committee Room on Monday, 4th February organized by All Parties Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pakistan. 

MAPIM is a conglomeration of over 200 NGOs with affiliation in 21 countries. MAPIM has remained concerned on the plight of Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu & Kashmir. MAPIM, in the recent past, has organized a number of events in an expression of solidarity with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their efforts towards their right to self-determination and bravely facing the brutalities perpetrated by the Indian forces with impunity for many decades, the MAPIM press release stated. 

“We have noted that tens of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims have been martyred including women, men, boys, girls, old and young ones over decades. We appreciate all such efforts as the one organized by APPG on Pakistan by the British Parliamentarians to highlight the grave human rights situation in IoK”, said Syekh Datuk Seri Ahmad Awang.

The press release added that the spirit behind representation by MAPIM from Malaysia, which involved more than 20 hours of travelling and a long distance, was solely to attend the Kashmir event to reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters in IoK that we are with them and we will do everything in our capacity to stop their bloodshed of Kashmiris immediately and ensure delivery of justice to them by taking steps that lead to bringing the perpetrators to account. 

It is pertinent to mention here that Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan visited KualaLumpur in third week of November last year when Mr. Mohammad Nafees Zakaria was the High Commissioner of Pakistan there. He did his best for promoting bilateral relations and projecting the Kashmir issue during his tenure in Malaysia.t In a joint statement issued at the conclusion of this visit, the two leaders (PM Imran Khan and PM Dr. Mahatir Mohammad) agreed to increase their collaborative efforts to uphold the true values of Islam in international fora while strengthening the solidarity of the Muslim Ummah.

Views were exchanged on the situation in Palestine and in the Rakhine State, Myanmar involving Rohingya Muslims. Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed Prime Minister Tun Mahathir on the grave human rights situation in Kashmir and in this regard referred to the Reports of UNOHCHR, Amnesty International, International People’s Tribunal and All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group, UK. He also discussed the role of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir to highlight the issue.