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Khan, cold-shouldered by Islamic world, cries foul

For Imran Khan, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Gulf countries, which have not fallen for its bait, have been the biggest letdowns

Lahore: Imran Khan is frustrated with the near absence of solidarity in the Islamic world over the Kashmir issue, Pakistan’s pet peeve. Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant on Information and Broadcasting to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, has said that Pakistan was highlighting the Kashmir issue effectively at the international level but unfortunately some Islamic countries were ignoring its efforts due to their selfish interests.

Awan said, on Saturday, human rights activists should come forward to voice the “plight of Kashmiris”. Emphasising that the world is oblivious to the suppression of Kashmiris, she urged the United Nations and other international human rights organisations to take note of the Kashmir situation.

Leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf said, for India, Kashmiris were soft targets and warned that the Pakistan Army will have the full support of the 220 million Pakistanis if India waged a war.

For Imran Khan, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Gulf countries which have not fallen for its bait, have been the biggest disappointment.

To add to the shock, major Islamic nation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is all set to present the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civil decoration of the country to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving a boost to international ties between the two nations.

Holding that the Kashmir issue is bilateral between India and Pakistan, China, Pakistan’s “all-weather friend”, pacified Islamabad by getting the United Nations Security Council to hold “informal” discussions on the developments in the State.

But Pakistan and China’s effort to make the UNSC issue statements in favour of Pakistan and against India failed miserably. Four out of the five permanent members of the UNSC — the US, Russia, UK and France individually maintained that the matter should be discussed between Pakistan and India bilaterally.

Desperate, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has even said that Pakistan will take the Kashmir issue at the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ). But, according to reports in the Pakistani media, not many takers have supported this move in the Imran Khan-led government as the learned people have opined that the ICJ has no jurisdiction in the Kashmir matter.

A Pakistani media report quoted international law expert Taimur Malik and said that due to various provisions of the international law, it would be difficult to put India, which reserves the right on bilateral issues at the ICJ, in the dock.

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