New York: India today hit back at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for raking up the Kashmir issue at the UN, saying the organisation has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs.
India rejected the statement and references made by Pakistan on behalf of OIC relating to human rights vilolations in Jammu and Kashmir.
“India notes with utmost regret that the OIC in its statement contains factually incorrect and misleading references to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inseparable part of India,” said Sumit Seth, first secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to UN.
“India outrightly rejects all such references. The OIC has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future,” Seth said.
Seth delivered his response using the ‘right of reply’, after Pakistan, on behalf of the OIC, made its statement.
The OIC is a 57-nation grouping which claims to be the collected voice of Muslims across the world.
Speaking on behalf of OIC, Pakistan had accused India of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and blamed it for denying the right of self-determination to Kashmiris.
(With inputs from PTI)