Jeddah, 6 August 2022(TDI): The Organization of Islamic Countries reiterated solidarity with the Kashmiri people.  It called on the international community to take concrete steps to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

On the third anniversary of the revocation of Kashmir’s special status, OIC reaffirmed its support for the Kashmiri people.

In a statement issued by the General Secretariat, OIC said that such illegal actions can not change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.

It also expressed its support for the people of Kashmir in the realization of their right to self-determination.

“It calls for the respect of their fundamental freedoms and basic human rights and for the reversal of all illegal and unilateral measures taken on or after 5 August 2019.” the statement added.

The premier Muslim organization also called on the international community to take concrete steps to resolve the issue of Kashmir. Further, it insisted to resolve the dispute according to the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

India’s Reaction

India hit out at the statement and said that the statement “reeks of Boigatory” … “the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is and will be an integral and inalienable part of India”. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesman  Shri Arindam Bagchi reacted to the OIC statement.

Shri Arindam Bagchi further added that such statements only expose OIC as an organization devoted to a communal agenda being pursued through terrorism.

Also Read: Pakistan to observe Youm-e-Istehsal on August 5 

India’s Revocation of special status

On 5 August 2019, the Indian parliament abolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir given under Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

Article 370 of the Indian constitution allowed the state a certain amount of autonomy. The state could make its laws and it could bar non-native people to purchase property in Jammu and Kashmir.

Also, Article 35A of the constitution, which allowed the legislature of the state to define the state’s “permanent residents”, was rescinded.

The Indian parliament abolished both articles from the constitution canceling the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.