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Soon After Sushma’s Visit, OIC Lambasts India, Refers To Kashmir As “Occupied”

In a colossal embarrassment for India, OIC accused India of terrorism and perpetrating atrocities on Kashmiris.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday, March 2 expressed grave concern over the “Indian violation of Pakistani airspace” causing major embarrassment for India as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the OIC meet while Pakistan boycotted the event.

“In the context of current volatile situation in the region, the OIC member states adopted a new resolution sponsored by Pakistan, which expressed grave concern over the Indian violation of Pakistani airspace; affirmed Pakistan’s right to self-defence; and urged India to refrain from the threat or use of force,” the OIC said.

Further, the OIC resolution referred to Jammu and Kashmir as “India Occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and expressed concerns over the wave of “Indian terrorism” and “atrocities and human rights violations in IoK”. “The resolution also reminded the international community of its obligation to ensure implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” the OIC said. “The strong OIC support to the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the centrality of this core issue to regional peace is recognition of the key role that Pakistan plays as a founding OIC member,” the representatives of 57 Islamic countries noted.

On Friday, Swaraj — the first Indian minister to attend the OIC meeting — indirectly slammed Pakistan in her address. “Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed. The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion,” she said, without mentioning Pakistan during her nearly 17-minute speech.

The OIC, however, snubbed the minister by electing Pakistan as a member of its Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission from the Asian region, in acknowledgement of the country’s constructive contribution to human rights discourse, norms and policies.

Journalist Suhasini Haider reported that the MEA rejected the OIC statement on Jammu and Kashmir that referred to ‘Indian terrorism’. “As regards the resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, our stand is consistent and well known. We reaffirm that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India,” the ministry added.

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