Mirwaiz, 3 Pakistanis listed most influential figures by RISSC


Srinagar—APHC founder chairman, Dr. Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq has once again been listed among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world and among the only four Muslims from South Asia, while the other three are from Pakistan, for the third consecutive time since 2015.
The Mirwaiz figures in 2017 annual issue of ‘The Muslim 500’, a yearly publication of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan,(RISSC) which ranks the most influential Muslims internationally.
The report mentions that “Kashmir’s topmost religious leader is known as the Mirwaiz and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq is the 14th Mirwaiz of Kashmir, who took over as the Mirwaiz as a 17-year old after his father, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq was martyred in 1990.”It further mentions that APHC, an amalgam of various resistance groups that represents the sentiments of the people of Jammu Kashmir, was founded in 1993 by the Mirwaiz at the age of 20 when and he was elected as its founding chairman.”
The report refers to the Mirwaiz as the representative of the people of J&K Who highlighted the Kashmir dispute at various international fora including the United Nations Organisation (UNO), European Union (EU), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and others, advocating its peaceful resolution as per the wishes and aspiration of People of J&K through unconditional and meaningful dialogue among the stakeholders, India Pakistan and the people of J&K. On this occasion the incarcerated APHC Chairman, who has been kept in solitary confinement for the past month-and-a-half said it was a matter of honor for him to be part of the list and thanked the the people of J&K for their support and trust which gives him the strength and confidence to take the peoples just cause forward, to the best of his ability. Mirwaiz said equally inspiring for him is the unflinching resolve and commitment of the people towards their freedom struggle in the face of such extreme oppression.
Meanwhile Aphc said that while the sacred blood of martyrs continues to infuse life in the struggle for the right to self determination, the recognition given to its chairman for his efforts to bring focus on the Kashmir dispute at international fora, shows that international community admits the reality of the dispute and the urgent need to resolve it.
The APHC statement said Kashmiri people have a strong case and the international community cannot ignore the reality of an unresolved Kashmir for long as this has kept the two nuclear neighbours in a confrontation mode for the past seven decades and pose threat not only to South Asia but entire world .
The statement said despite the oppression, killings, injuries, arbitrary arrests and gravest of human rights violations, people continue to strive for self determination. It urged upon the international community not to overlook the barbarism at display in Kashmir that has resulted in the killings of over 90 civilians, injuries to over 12,000 persons and arrests of more than 7000 people, many of who have been slapped with the infamous Public Safety Act (PSA).—Email