Reports of Kashmir’s exclusion from OIC moot agenda ‘baseless’: FO

‘Such irresponsible speculations are part of false Indian propaganda and disinformation campaign’

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad on Thursday denied that the Kashmir issue had been excluded from the agenda of the two-day meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), being held in Niger’s capital Niamey from November 27, and termed all such reports ‘baseless’.

“The reports are baseless. Such irresponsible speculations are part of false Indian propaganda and disinformation campaign,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri during the weekly press briefing.

Adding that the issue of the disputed region remains a ‘permanent item’ on the organisation’s agenda, the FO spokesperson said OIC has been “unambiguously pronouncing itself on the issue for decades”.

The reports of the exclusion started doing the rounds after the OIC statements, both in English and Arabic, made no specific mention of occupied Kashmir in the agenda announced in Riyadh.

“In the aftermath of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, the OIC has been actively seized of the matter. In a series of pronouncements, issued from time to time, the OIC General Secretariat has called for the settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.”

The spokesperson further said that the organisation’s contact group has met on the issue of Kashmir thrice during the past 15 months.

Elaborating that the last meeting on the issue of the contact group was in June, Zahid said the final communiqué of the meeting also called upon India to “rescind its illegal actions and stop egregious human rights violations in the illegally occupied territory”.

He further said that the CFM session in Niger, starting from Friday, is the first such meeting after India’s illegal actions of August 5.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Niger to attend the OIC moot.

In a video message, FM Qureshi had said the meeting would deliberate upon the challenges faced by the Muslim community and other important issues and added that he would present Pakistan's stance on the changes taking place on the international landscape.

"The Muslims are perturbed over the rising incidents of Islamophobia," the foreign minister said, "Pakistan has a very categorical and clear stance on the matter."

Referring to the Indian atrocities in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) and Indian state terrorism in Pakistan, the FM had said OIC was the appropriate forum to highlight Indian brutality against innocent Kashmiri people.

The foreign minister had added that on the sidelines of the OIC meeting, he would also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other Islamic countries.