Pakistan and India have traded barbs over a “unanimous decision” handed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that criticised New Delhi’s determination to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its particular standing final August.
The OIC decision, a duplicate of which Al Jazeera has obtained, rejected India’s Kashmir determination and demanded that “India rescind its unlawful step”.
[The OIC] rejects the unlawful and unilateral actions by India on August 5, 2019, to alter the internationally recognised disputed standing of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and calls for that India rescind its unlawful steps,” mentioned the decision handed throughout a session of the Council of International Ministers (CFM) of the OIC held in Nigerien capital Niamey.
Final August India stripped the Himalayan area’s restricted autonomy and introduced it beneath the direct rule of New Delhi. Since then it has handed and amended various legal guidelines that Kashmiris worry are geared toward bringing demographic change within the Muslim-majority area.
Kashmir is claimed by each India and Pakistan however every governs solely elements of the disputed territory, the place anti-India sentiment runs deep.
The OIC international locations stay dedicated to Kashmir trigger
India has deployed greater than half 1,000,000 forces in Kashmir – residence to 12 million individuals – making it one of the militarised zones on this planet. New Delhi says its troops are stationed to quell the armed revolt, which erupted in 1989.
“The assertion is indication of the truth that OIC, no matter what was claimed by some media channels, stays dedicated to its fundamental stance on Kashmir,” Sheikh Showkat, political commentator and professor of regulation at Central College Kashmir, mentioned.
“Apart from two countries (Saudi Arabia and UAE) with which India has developed good relations, most of the OIC countries remain committed to Kashmir cause.”
India on Sunday rejected the resolution by the 57-member grouping of Muslim nations, saying “the OIC has no locus standi (rights) in matters strictly internal to India”.
“We strongly and categorically reject the factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions” adopted by the OIC …,” India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) said.
“We have always maintained that OIC has no locus standi in matters strictly internal to India including that of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India,” it said.
But Pakistan’s foreign office late on Monday rejected “the untenable statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)”, saying the OIC was the second-largest international organisation after the United Nations.
“Rather than dismissing the international community’s concerns as reflected in the OIC Resolution, India would be well-advised to pay heed and stop its state-terrorism in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK),” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement released late on Monday.
“The OIC Resolution is further proof that India can neither hide its gross and systemic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people and the denial of their inalienable right to self-determination nor can it escape international censure of its egregious behaviour.”
The OIC resolution not made public
The OIC, however, has not made the resolution public either on its website or on its Twitter handle. But a source which shared the copy of the resolution said it would be released soon. Al Jazeera reached out to the OIC but did not receive its response by the time of publication of this article.
The decision, which additionally condemned India to be used of stay hearth and pellet weapons towards civilians, attracted sharp response from New Delhi, which criticised Islamabad with out naming its western neighbour.
“It’s regrettable that OIC continues to permit itself for use by a sure nation, which has an abominable file on non secular tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities, to bask in anti-India propaganda,” the MEA mentioned.
Former Indian diplomat Talmiz Ahmad mentioned that “the OIC is a totally discredited physique and it has no standing in anyway within the world neighborhood”.
“There has not been a single event within the final 30 years when the assorted conferences of the OIC haven’t issued such statements. This displays the best way the OIC capabilities and has nothing to do with the opinion of the Muslim neighborhood or of the international locations which are collaborating in them,” Ahmad, who has served as India’s ambassador to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman, mentioned.
New Delhi and Islamabad have accused one another of plotting assaults on their respective soils. Final week, the 2 international locations submitted dossiers to the UN alleging one another of plotting “terrorism”.
Bilal Kuchay contributed to the report from New Delhi