‘Kashmiri dispute is an internal matter’: India dismisses OIC resolution alleging atrocities, human rights violations in Kashmir

India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) has on Saturday dismissed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ministerial meeting’s resolution of Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, terming the Kashmir matter an “internal” issue.

According to Dawn news reports, the OIC resolution has condemned in its strongest terms the recent wave of Indian actions in India-occupied Kashmir, and also expressed deep concerns over the alleged atrocities and human rights violations in the region.

According to the Foreign Office (FO), the OIC member states, in a resolution adopted by the 46th session of the foreign ministers, has “reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir remain the core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution is indispensable for the dreams for peace in South Asia”.

In a statement, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “As regards the resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, our stand is consistent and well known. We reaffirm that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India.”

The resolution reminded the international community of its obligations to ensure the implementation of the UN security council resolutions over the Jammu & Kashmiri dispute.

In context to the current situation in the region, the OIC member states had also adopted a new resolution sponsored by Islamabad, expressing grave concerns over Indian violation of Pakistani airspace, and had urged New Delhi to refrain from the use of forces or the threats.

The OIC resolution also welcomed Pakistani PrimeMinisterr Imran Khan’s renewed offer of setting up dialogues with India and goodwill gesture of handing over the Indian pilot wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

The resolution had called for restraint and de-escalation as well as the need to resolve outstanding issues through peaceful means.

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