India terms OIC references on Kashmir ‘factually incorrect’, says it has no locus standi on country’s internal matters

New Delhi: The Government of India has denounced all the references to India in resolutions adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

It also termed the statement made by the organisation referring to Jammu and Kashmir “factually incorrect”.

India also accused the OIC, a collective voice of the Muslim world, of indulging in “anti-India propaganda at the behest of Pakistan”.

According to reports, the OIC earlier reaffirmed its support for Pakistan on the Kashmir cause as it slammed “state-sponsored terrorism” in JK and has taken a principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute for a peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

In a statement, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that India had always maintained that OIC had no locus standi in matters strictly internal to India, including that of the Jammu and Kashmir, which, it said, was an integral and inalienable part of India.

“It is regrettable that OIC continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country, which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities, to indulge in anti-India propaganda. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future,” the MEA said in the statement.

On the first day of the OIC meeting on November 27, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Niger brought up the Kashmir issue in their remarks. While expressing strong and “unequivocal” support for Kashmir, the OIC resolution also reportedly demanded that India cancel the issuance of domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris.


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