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India rejects OIC's mission to J and K

Posted on Feb 08, 05:06PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 8 : India on Friday rejected the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s suggestion of allowing the OIC fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir and said it has no 'locus standi' on matters concerning the internal affairs of the country or the recent incidents along the Line of Control (LoC).

India said the suggestions made by Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in connection to the matter were 'propagandist'.

"The OIC has no locus standi on matters concerning the internal affairs of India or the recent incidents on the LoC. We have already clarified that UMOGIP has no relevance in regard to the latter," said an official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"The propagandist suggestions made in the Foreign Minister's statement are neither new nor helpful," the official said.

He was responding to a question regarding the statement made by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan at the recently concluded OIC Contact Group meeting on Jammu and Kashmir held in Cairo.

Hina Rabbani Khar led Pakistan delegation to the 12th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo on Feb 6 and 7.

"The Foreign Minister stressed that the need to find a just and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute. She affirmed that Pakistan remained committed to the composite dialogue process with India to resolve all outstanding issues," Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"The Summit adopted joint Communique, which besides addressing issues of interest and concern to the Muslim Ummah, reaffirmed its principle support to the People of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their legitimate right to self determination.

"It also called upon India to allow the OIC fact-finding mission, the international human rights groups and humanitarian organizations to visit Jammu and Kashmir," it said.

"The Final Communique urged India to undertake independent investigation into the discovery of mass graves and ensure free and fair trial of those responsible of those heinous crimes.

"In addition, the Communique expressed deep concern on the recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and welcomed Pakistan's proposal to hold investigation through United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UMMOGIP)," the ministry said.

Tension escalated between the nuclear-armed neighbours when two Indian soldiers were killed and mutilated by alleged Pakistani troops near the LoC last month.