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‘Reeks of Bigotry’: MEA on OIC’s Remarks to Reverse August 5 Decision on Kashmir

The plurilateral forum called on the 'international community to take concrete steps for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.'

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New Delhi: After the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on the international community to resolve the Kashmir dispute, India on Friday, August 5 claimed that the remarks of the plurilateral forum “reeks of bigotry.”

The OIC general secretariat had issued a statement to mark the third anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status and division into two Union Territories. “Such illegal actions can neither alter the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir nor prejudice the legitimate right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people,” said the Islamic bloc.

Calling for the reversal of the August 5 steps, the OIC called on the “international community to take concrete steps for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

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In response, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi alleged, “The statement issued by the general secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Jammu and Kashmir today reeks of bigotry.”

He reiterated that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir “is and will remain an integral and inalienable” part of India.

“As a result of long-awaited changes three years ago, it today reaps the benefits of socio-economic growth and development,” Bagchi claimed.

Implying that the 56-member group’s position on Kashmir is guided by Pakistan, he noted, “The OIC general secretariat, however, continues to issue statements on Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of a serial violator of human rights and notorious promoter of cross-border, regional and international terrorism.”

Bagchi stated that “such statements only expose the OIC as an organisation devoted to a communal agenda being pursued through terrorism.”