Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue at Organisation of Islamic Cooperation; India Rejects

Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). However, India rejected references made by Pakistan on the Kashmir matter in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as an internal matter according to Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

“As far as OIC is concerned, we always note with regret that the matter, which is very internal to Indian affairs, was again discussed at OIC. We reject such references to a matter very internal to India. We have said in the past that OIC has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs. We feel that it is completely unwarranted to discuss a matter related to India’s internal affairs in any multi-cultural setup,” he said at a press conference here.

Earlier, India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, had called Pakistan a ‘one-trick-pony’ for raking up the Kashmir matter at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and affirmed that India was confident of managing the issue.

Responding to a question about the likelihood of the neighbouring country raking up the issue of Kashmir at the UNGA, Akbaruddin stated that the UN works best on multilateralism, adding that ‘single act plays have no resonance in such matters.’

Earlier, India withdrew from the proposed meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UNGA.

India’s withdrawal came over Pakistan’s move to release stamps glorifying terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed by the Indian security forces in 2016 in Kashmir and after three J&K policemen were assassinated by the terrorists.

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