‘Group dedicated to common agenda is pursued by terrorism’, India lashes out at OIC | Photo: File
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s most recent statement on Jammu and Kashmir was criticized by India on Friday, with the nation saying it “smells of bigotry”. Arindam Bagchi, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded strongly, stating that such claims only serve to expose the OIC as a group committed to a “common agenda pursued through terrorism”.
On the third anniversary of the suspension of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and subsequent partition, the OIC urged the international community to take action to settle the “conflict” in accordance with relevant UN rules. “The statement issued today by the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir smacks of bigotry,” Bagchi said.
Jammu and Kashmir, a territory of the Union, “is and remains an integral and inalienable” part of India, he claimed. According to Bagchi, “it is currently reaping the benefits of socio-economic growth and development as a result of long-awaited reforms introduced three years ago.
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“However, the General Secretariat of the OIC continues to issue statements about Jammu and Kashmir on behalf of a human rights serial killer and notorious promoter of cross-border, regional and international terrorism,” he said in a direct reference to Pakistan.
Such comments simply serve to highlight the OIC as a group committed to a political goal pursued through terrorism, he continued. Bagchi added that Pakistan has been working hard to bring the Kashmir issue to a global audience.
After New Delhi declared on August 5, 2019 that it had decided to split Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories and revoke the state’s unique powers, the neighboring country stepped up its anti-India campaign.
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(With inputs from PTI)