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India Asks Pakistan To Back Off, Says Kashmir Is 'Integral And Inseparable' Part Of Country

Pakistan was speaking on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

16/09/2017 4:30 PM IST | Updated 16/09/2017 4:51 PM IST
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SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 7: Boats are moored to the bank of deserted Dal lake on September 7, 2017 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India.

NEW DELHI -- India today hit back at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for raking up the Kashmir issue at the UN, saying the grouping has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs.

In a strong reaction to a statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC at the UN, India said Jammu and Kashmir is an "integral and inseparable" part of it, and advised the organisation to refrain from making such references in future.

"India notes with utmost regret that the OIC statement contains factually incorrect and misleading references to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inseparable part of India," Sumit Seth, First Secretary at India's Permanent mission to the UN in Geneva said.

He made the statement exercising India's Right of Reply in response to comments made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC.

"India outrightly 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," Seth said.

Speaking on behalf of the OIC, Pakistan had lambasted India on the Kashmir issue.

The OIC is a 57-nation grouping which claims to be the collected voice of Muslims across the world.

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