OIC has no locus standi in country’s internal matters: India
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 27-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 27: Flatly rejecting the resolution adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member countries on Jammu and Kashmir, India reiterated that the OIC does not have a locus standi in the internal matters of the country.

The 56-member OIC had demanded through a resolution that India implement the UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of External Affairs termed the OIC resolution as ‘misleading’. The MEA issued a statement that said the ministry “noted with utmost regret that OIC, during its 44th session of the council of foreign ministers in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on July 10-11, has again adopted certain resolutions which contain factually incorrect and misleading references to matters internal to India. India out rightly rejects all such references”.

The statement further said that “the OIC has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future”, IANS reported.

At the OIC Contact Group on J&K meet, its Secretary General Yousef A Al-Othaimeen had highlighted OIC’s activities in dealing with the question of J&K.

The OIC has 56 states as its members that include Turkey, UAE, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

This is not the first time. In April last year also, India had asked OIC to refrain from making statements regarding country’s internal matters.

Reacting strongly, India on 15 April 2016 had termed as “factually incorrect and misleading” the references made by OIC during its 13th Summit in Turkey and had asked it to refrain from making such statements, according to PTI.

The then MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said, “We note with utmost regret that the final communique adopted at the conclusion of the 13th Islamic Summit of the Heads of State/Government of the OIC Member States held at Istanbul, Turkey on 14-15 April includes factually incorrect and misleading references pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. We completely reject all such references regarding matters internal to India, on which the OIC has no locus standi. We further advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future.”