India Criticises OIC For Statement On Kashmir

29 May 2009
The Times of India

New Delhi: India on Friday came down heavily on Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) for its statement pledging support to the cause of 'freedom struggle' in Kashmir. Stating that the OIC had no business to issue such a statement, the foreign ministry also expressed dismay at the organisation describing the 26-11 terrorist strike in Mumbai merely as an 'incident'. 'We note with regret that the OIC has chosen to comment on India's internal affairs during the 36th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Syria on May 23-25. The OIC has no locus standi on India's internal affairs,' said the MEA. During the May 23-25 meeting, OIC secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu had reaffirmed 'commitment and support to the Kashmiri freedom struggle'. The OIC also stressed the need for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to achieve a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. 'We also note with dismay that in the resolution adopted, the terrorist attack on Mumbai in November 2008 has been referred to as a mere 'incident'. It is most unfortunate that the spectre of terrorism confronting the international community, of which the attack on Mumbai by elements from Pakistan was an extreme manifestation, is not being unambiguously addressed by the OIC. We strongly reject such resolutions,' said the MEA statement.