Pak raising Kashmir issue at OIC ‘unwarranted’: India

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2018 08:52:17


 

By Yoshita Singh,

NEW YORK,

INDIA has raised objections over Pakistan raking up the Kashmir issue at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting, saying it is completely “unwarranted” for the grouping as well as its member countries to discuss matters related to India’s internal affairs in any multilateral set up.


Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue at the OIC Contact Group meeting held on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. “We always note with regret that the matter which is very internal to Indian affairs was again discussed at the OIC,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters here when asked about Pakistan raising the issue at the OIC meeting.


He said India rejects such references to a matter which is very internal to it. “We have said in the past that OIC has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs” and it is completely unwarranted for OIC as well as its member countries to discuss matters related to India’s internal affairs in any multi-organisation set up.


When asked about Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also raising the Kashmir issue in his bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Kumar said Islamabad has been doing this for a long time.


“It is not the first time they are raising the issue in their bilateral meetings. You would note that what they come up with is their side of the story. What they share and what they say has no acceptance anywhere in the international community,” he said.