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OIC meeting: Pakistan rakes up Kashmir issue

OIC meeting: Pakistan rakes up Kashmir issue

Ground Report | New Delhi: OIC Kashmir issue Pakistan; Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan brought up the Kashmir issue again at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers meeting here, saying the 57-member body has been unable to have any impact at all since it is a “divided house”.

Khan’s comments came at a time when he faces the toughest political test since he took office in 2018, as opposition parties tabled a no-confidence motion against his government.

In the meeting of foreign ministers of OIC, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned Kashmir and Palestine and said that the people here do not trust us. Referring to Muslim countries, he said that we have failed in front of the people there. The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia also advocated an equitable solution to the Kashmir dispute.

India has told Pakistan that it wants normal neighbourly relations with Islamabad in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. India has said that the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment free from terror and hostility.

Referring to India’s decision to repeal Article 370 in August 2019, Khan said: “nothing happened because they (India) felt no pressure.” Khan said he was not saying that Muslim countries change their foreign policies, but unless “we have a united front (on fundamental issues), these abuses will continue to happen.”

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Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to gain international support against India for withdrawing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, and dividing it into two Union Territories.

India has categorically told the international community that the removal of Article 370 was an internal matter. He also advised Pakistan to face reality and stop all anti-India propaganda. (Kashmir issue Pakistan)

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