New Delhi condemns OIC stand on Jammu and Kashmir
The latest observation made on 'Jammu and Kashmir' at the summit held at Dakar, Republic of Senegal by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has been stoutly condemned by the Indian government.
The Indian government has said that Jammu and Kashmir is the integral part of India and the forum has no legal ground to speak on matters concerning its internal affairs.
“The OIC has no locus standi in matters concerning our internal affairs comprising Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. We strongly reject all such comments. It is customary for the OIC to make such references to the state,” said Navtej Sarna, spokesman of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
"We note with regret that the OIC, in the documents issued following its summit held at Dakar in Senegal on March 13-14, has once again chosen to comment upon J&K and issues internal to India," a ministry of external affairs spokesperson said.
The eleventh session of the 57-member nation OIC organisation in its summit held on March 13-14 at Dakar, Segenal said that Kashmir issue should be resolved as per UN resolutions.
In the final communique adopted at the summit in Senegal, the forum had suggested that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with “relevant UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”
Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had attended the OIC summit as a special invitee.
The OIC, at its summit, used to regularly comment on Kashmir issue but for the last few years it had been silent on the matter.
In all its’ previous summit, Kashmir had been the central issue and particularly the Special Declarations on Jammu and Kashmir that had been adopted by the 7th and 10th session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Casablanca and Islamabad held respectively in 1994 and 1997.
It was also read at the summit that since 1988, the U.N. recognised disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir has been hit by confrontation between Kashmiri Freedom Fighters and the Indian Military, which has resulted in more than lakhs of deaths. Unofficial sources put the number of Indian troops deployed in the state to seven lakhs.
India took exception of the IOC’s concern over the alarming increase in the indiscriminate use of force and gross violation of human rights against innocent Kashmiris and regretting that India was not allowing the OIC Fact Finding Mission to visit Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
India also showed its disgruntle ness over a resolution, which said New Delhi was maligning the legitimate Kashmiri’s freedom struggle by “denigrating” it as terrorism.
The OIC’s remarks have come at a time when violence in the state is at a lower level than five years ago and the state is gearing for Assembly polls.
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