India blasts OIC for J&K statement: Reeks of bigotry

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INDIA on Friday slammed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its latest statement on Jammu and Kashmir and said it “reeks of bigotry”.

External Affairs Ministry official spokesman Arindam Bagchi said such statements only expose the OIC as an organization devoted to a “community agenda pursued by terrorism”.

On the third anniversary of the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation, the OIC called on the international community to take steps to resolve the “dispute” in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions .

“The statement released today by the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir smacks of bigotry,” Bagchi said.

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

“Following the long-awaited changes three years ago, it is now reaping the benefits of socio-economic growth and development,” Bagchi said.

“The OIC General Secretariat, however, continues to issue statements on Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of a serial human rights violator and a notorious promoter of cross-border, regional and international terrorism” , he said, referring to Pakistan. “Such statements only expose the OIC as an organization devoted to a common agenda pursued by terrorism.”

In Beijing, China said India and Pakistan should peacefully resolve their differences over the Kashmir issue through dialogue and consultation.

Asked about her comment on the third anniversary of India’s revocation of Article 370, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press briefing that the issue should be resolved peacefully by India and Pakistan through dialogue.

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“On the issue of Kashmir, China’s position is clear and consistent. This is a problem inherited from the history between India and Pakistan. And it is also a shared vision of the international community,” she said.

“We said then that the parties involved should exercise restraint and caution. In particular, parties should avoid taking actions that unilaterally alter the status quo or escalate tensions,” Hua said.

“We call on India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute peacefully through dialogue and consultation,” she said.





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