On Friday, India rejected an appeal from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to reverse the status modifications granted to Jammu and Kashmir in 2019. The government asserted that the union territory “is and will remain an integral” part of India.
In a statement released on the third anniversary of the abolition of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the OIC general secretariat called for the “reversal of all measures taken on or after 5 August 2019.”
External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: “The statement issued by the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir today reeks of bigotry.”
Jammu and Kashmir is and will continue to be an intrinsic and unalienable part of India, according to Bagchi. He said, “Three years ago, it underwent long-awaited improvements, and now, it benefits from socioeconomic growth and development.”
The OIC general secretariat “continues to issue statements on Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of a serial violator of human rights and notorious promoter of cross-border, regional and international terrorism,” Bagchi claimed, making a clear reference to Pakistan.
He added, “Such statements only expose the OIC as an organisation devoted to a communal agenda being pursued through terrorism.”
In a statement, the OIC observed that August 5 was the third anniversary of what it deemed to be “illegal and unilateral activities” in Jammu and Kashmir, which were “followed by subsequent unlawful measures, including illegal demographic changes.”
In August 2019, the Indian government abolished Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided the area into two union territories, claiming that the action was taken to combat terrorism and corruption and advance economic growth. Both Pakistan and its steadfast ally China, who claims sections of the Ladakh area, were enraged by the conduct.