World Bulletin / News Desk
India got uneasy with the appointment of a special Kashmiri envoy by OIC last week.
Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) named Abdullah Bin Adbul Rahman Al Bakr, a Saudi national and OIC's Assistant Secretary General of Political Affairs, as the Special OIC Envoy on Kashmir at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.
Kashmiris welcomed the move and wants to be permanent membership to OIC.
However, India is not happy with new envoy and defended Kashmir issue as "their internal affairs.
Indian media quoted External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash as saying, It is regrettable that the OIC has commented on "India's internal affairs". We condemn and reject this.
Prakash said it is our firm position that the OIC has "no locus standi in matters concerning India's internal affairs".
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has said that the appointment of Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir by the OIC will help bridge the gap between Pakistan and India.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu talking to media persons in Washington said, "The role of the Special Envoy is to help in bridging the gap between the two countries namely India and Pakistan."
The OIC Secretary General said that this was not for the first time that a Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir had been appointed. "This is nothing new. It is just a continuation of the previous Special Representative. You know there has been a decision taken years back asking OIC Secretary General to appoint Special Envoy," he said.
The meeting of the 56-nation grouping of Islamic countries in New York issued a statement, saying it supported people of Jammu and Kashmir in "realisation of their legitimate right of self determination in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people."
Kashmiris see India as an "occupier state" and boycotted India-hold local elections.
In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.
Among other things, the statement also commented on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the death of two women in mysterious circumstances in Shopian recently.
OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.