Author: Naqeeb Ullah Kakar
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or more rightly the Muslim world, treat the Palestinian and Kashmir issues as subjects, not objects. All along, it’s not a fantasy, rephrase it, after almost five decades of its establishment the OIC members opted for an Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), the objectives of which ought to have been the ouster of illegal, illegitimate and brutish Zionist occupation of Golan Heights of Syria, East Jerusalem of Jordan and Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, and, above all, the Independent statehood to Palestine. But, Muslims can’t pin their idealist hopes on Muslim leaders, barring few, of the twenty-first century as they had on Muatasim-Billah and Salahuddin Ayubi.
Palestine and Kashmir issues have not been equitably recognized by the entire world in general and Muslim world in particular. Kashmiris and Palestinians have been deprived of their right of self-determination since eons. The brutes of crisis are in the mindsets of Western and Eastern leaders who have dramatically created hype and are head-on behind the failed diplomatic corridors.
To begin with, Muslim world should make its presence felt for carving out solutions to the problems of Muslim Ummah, particularly decades-long debacles like Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, CARs, etc.
Israel’s emergence — in actuality the illegitimate creation at the heart of Arab countries — was provocative and preplanned. The US presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton while addressing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said, “America can’t ever be neutral when it comes to Israel’s security.” Equally important, Israel has no stronger advocate at UN than the United States. The ample manifestation is the confession of Martin Indyk, Washington’s special Middle East envoy for the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, who said, “Yes I am pro-Israel … and proud of it.” Not to talk of liberation of Palestine, even the statehood hopes have been shattered in the wake of injustices inflicted on them. Let alone Palestine, the global community and world body have not lived up to its promises regarding Kashmir; the reality is that India doesn’t comply with the UN resolutions, yet is the apple of USA’s eye (Civil nuclear deal and over 100$ billion bilateral trade, support for NSG accession, etc). It is also Russia’s strategic ally and with France it enjoys the status of strategic and logistic ally, so on and so forth. Interestingly all these countries wield veto power. Necessarily, Palestine issue, in one way or the other, resembles it, where her immediate neighbours partner world powers; Egypt and Jordan is in US camp; Syria in Russian and Iranian camp. Then, who shall worry and ponder at the miseries of Palestinians now? Mere statement in media doesn’t work like in the real world.
In the wake of the creation of the military alliance, the OIC with determined political and diplomatic efforts shall bring forth a counter-narrative and will compel the stakeholders to grant the right of self-determination to Palestinians and Kashmiris alike.
The fundamental heartache is the hibernation of Muslim world. Sweeping statements and rhetoric are abound but with no efficacious ends. It is incumbent on the international community in general and OIC in particular, to compel United Nations to honour its resolutions and stop India and Israel from massacring the Muslims in Palestine and Kashmir.