The OIC resolution reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir remains core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution is indispensable for the dream for peace in South Asia.
PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — Considered a diplomatic victory for Islamabad, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers on Saturday in a sharply-worded statement, condemned in the strongest words the “intensified Indian barbarities since July 2016”, “Indian terrorism” and “illegal detentions and disappearances” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The OIC also reaffirmed its “unwavering support for the Kashmiri people in their just cause” while hitting out at the recent wave of Indian terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, according to a press released issued by the Foreign Office (FO).
The damning OIC statement came just a day after India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the OIC as observer. Swaraj had urged the OIC to “act together” to combat global terrorism amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan triggered by the Pulwama terror attack last month–she did not name Pakistan in her 17-minute address.
India was strongly criticized in the resolution adopted by the influential grouping of 57 Muslim countries on Muslim-majority Kashmir–the disputed Himalayan territory which now stands internationalized.
The resolution reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute between Pakistan and India and its resolution is indispensable for the dream for peace in South Asia, the FO said.
The conflict has claimed closer to 95,000 lives. Both nations have gone to war twice over this Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
The resolution called for restraint and de-escalation as well as the need to resolve outstanding issues through peaceful means.
The resolution, while condemning India for “indiscriminate use of force against innocent Kashmiris” also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for sending back Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured after his plane was down in an aerial encounter inside Pak territory on Wednesday.
The resolution, as per the FO, also reminded the international community of its obligation to ensure implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The Indian-administered section, comprising Jammu and Kashmir, is the only territory in India where Muslims vastly outnumber Hindus—about 68 percent to 28 percent—with Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians making up the rest.
In the context of the current volatile situation in the region, the OIC member states adopted a new resolution sponsored by Pakistan, which expressed grave concern over the Indian violation of Pakistani airspace; affirmed Pakistan’s right to self-defense; and urged India to refrain from the threat or use of force.
The strong OIC support to the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the centrality of this core issue to regional peace is recognition of the key role that Pakistan plays as a founding OIC member.
Pakistan boycotted the plenary session of the 46th CFM at the Foreign Minister level as a result of Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s presence.
Owing to the armed conflict between the two nuclear armed nations, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had asked the organizers, including the UAE crown prince, to withdraw the invitation extended to Swaraj.
However, the invitation was not retracted, leading to Qureshi deciding to skip the CFM meet, which concluded in Abu Dhabi today.