New Delhi on Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India, after the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) criticised India on Kashmir in a resolution adopted by the influential grouping of 57 countries.
In its first reaction to the resolution, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar said, “Our stand is consistent and well known. We reaffirm that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India.”
The resolution came just a day after Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, as the guest of honour, called out “states which shelter terrorists”.
On Friday, Ms Swaraj had urged the OIC to “act together” to combat global terrorism. She was quotes saying that, “If we want to save humanity, we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding shelter and funding to the terror organisations based in that country.”
“Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed. The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion,” Ms Swaraj said.
Later on Saturday, the OIC praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for sending back Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured after an aerial encounter on Wednesday and adopted a resolution on Kashmir, attacking India for “indiscriminate use of force against innocent Kashmiris”.
The OIC is a grouping of 57 countries, majority of which are Muslim-dominated. It has usually been supportive of Pakistan and, often sided with Islamabad on the Kashmir issue.