‘J&K internal matter’: India responds to OIC’s critical resolutions

New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson on Saturday spoke on the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and stressed that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and its matter is strictly internal to the country.

But unlike previous statements, New Delhi did not say that OIC has no locus standi, and that India rejects the statement.

“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 of External Affairs’ official spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, said on Saturday.

The MEA’S reaction comes after India was heavily criticised in a resolution adopted by the 57 member countries of OIC on Kashmir. Earlier in the day, the OIC had attacked India stating that there were intensified barbarities since July 2016, internal terrorism and illegal detentions and disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir.

The OIC attacked India over Kashmir and also praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for sending back Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured after the air strike that was carried out by India in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.

The development came a day after External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj spoke against fighting terrorism at the same conclave where she was called as the guest of honour. Without naming anyone, Swaraj made a veiled attack on Pakistan saying humanity can only be saved if states stopped harbouring and funding terrorists. The EAM had said that states must dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps functioning in their soil.

Making it clear that fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion, Swaraj had also stated that none of the 99 names of Allah suggests violence. Similarly, every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion and brotherhood.

The EAM had also pointed out that terrorism is destroying lives, destabilising regions and putting the world at great peril. Swaraj said, “Terror reach is growing and the toll it is taking is increasing.” Stating that terrorism and extremism bore different names and labels, Swaraj had also mentioned how terror is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed.