As the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) reaffirmed its principled support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), India Friday said that the organisation was making “factually incorrect and misleading” references during its 13th Summit in Turkey and asked it to refrain from making such statements. New Delhi views OIC’s statements to be made at the behest of Pakistan.
Interestingly, both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are part of the grouping. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited both these countries and Delhi had got on board the leaders of both the countries to deal with terrorism. Among India’s neighbours, Bangladesh and Maldives are also part of OIC.
OIC members had reaffirmed the group’s principled support for the people of J&K for the realisation of their right to self-determination, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of J&K and said that their freedom struggle must not be equated with terrorism.
This is an annual affair and Delhi always reacts to these statements in a sharp manner. The OIC platform is used by Pakistan, as it puts J&K on its agenda every year.
On Friday, India also questioned the locus standi of the OIC, which in its communique affirmed “its support to the widespread indigenous movement of the people of India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) for their right to self-determination”, to make such references.
Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We note with utmost regret that the final communique adopted at the conclusion of the 13th Islamic Summit of the Heads of State/Government of the OIC Member States held at Istanbul, Turkey on April 14-15 includes factually incorrect and misleading references pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. We completely reject all such references regarding matters internal to India, on which the OIC has no locus standi. We further advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future.”