New Delhi, May 16
India on Monday criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its “unwarranted” comments on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir and asked it to refrain from implementing its “common agenda”. at the request of a country, in an oblique reference to Pakistan.
In a strong reaction, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said India “categorically rejected” OIC comments criticizing New Delhi over the delimitation exercise in Jammu and -Cashmere.
“We are appalled that the OIC Secretariat has once again made unwarranted comments on India’s internal affairs,” Bagchi said.
“As in the past, the Government of India categorically rejects the claims of the OIC Secretariat on the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.”
Bagchi was answering questions from the media on the OIC statement on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The OIC should refrain from implementing its common agenda vis-à-vis India at the request of a single country,” he said.
India criticized the OIC for its comments on Jammu and Kashmir.
In an earlier statement, the OIC General Secretariat “expresses its deep concern over India’s attempts to redraw the electoral boundaries” of Jammu and Kashmir, alleging it is a violation of the rights of the Kashmiri people.
“Referring to the long-standing and principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir conflict and the relevant decisions of the Islamic Summit and the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC, the General Secretariat reiterates its solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.