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India Warns Islamic Watchdog OIC, Don't Comment On Country's Internal Affairs

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| September 16 , 2017 , 11:42 IST

Responding to the OIC's comment on Kashmir, India at the UN on Saturday told the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that it should refrain from commenting on the internal affairs of the country, reported news agency ANI.

Pakistan had earlier commented on the situation of Kashmir on behalf of the OIC.

Responding, first secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to UN, Sumit Seth said, "Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has no locus standi on India's internal affairs, we strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future."

"The OIC in its statement+ contains factually incorrect and misleading references to the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. India outrightly (sic) rejects all such references. The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India," Seth added.

He made his statement using the 'right of reply' at the UN.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is the international body consisting of 57-nations representing the religion on behalf of the world.

Earlier, OIC had commented on the situation in Kashmir calling the condition of human rights in the valley gross and said that the state's dispute posed a threat to peace and security of the region.

The organisation had made this statement at a foreign ministers' meeting in Cote d'Ivoire.

Sartaj Aziz, the then advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister, at the meeting had talked about the atrocities India was committing in the valley. The statement came after the killing of high-profile terrorist - Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.

External Affairs Ministry in an official statement said, "India out-rightly rejects all such references. The OIC has no locus standi on India's internal affairs. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future."