Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has countered the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its comments on the India’s delimitation exercise in Jammu & Kashmir. He hit back at the organization saying that OIC should refrain from making any unwarranted statements regarding India’s internal affairs.
“We are dismayed that the OIC Secretariat has once again made unwarranted comments on the internal affairs of India. As in the past, the Government of India categorically rejects the assertions made by the OIC Secretariat on the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India.”
Furthermore, Bagchi, in a implied reference to Pakistan, said, “OIC should refrain from carrying out its communal agenda vis-à-vis India at the behest of one country.”
OIC, yesterday, published a statement against India’s decisions to task the delimitation commission with redrawing parliamentary and assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. The OIC alleged that India was attempting redraw the electoral boundaries and this was against the rights of the Kashmiri people.
In a statement posted on Twitter, OIC said, “OIC General Secretariat expresses deep concern over India’s attempts to redraw the electoral boundaries of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, altering the demographic structure of the territory and violating the rights of the Kashmiri people.”
OIC further stated, “Referring to the long-standing and principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and relevant decisions of the Islamic Summit and OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, the general secretariat reiterates its solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”