OIC proposes to send team to Kashmir, claims Pakistan

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India has maintained that IOC, a grouping of 57 Muslim countries, has no locus standi in the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz. (Photo: PTI/File)

Islamabad: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) proposes to send human rights observers to Kashmir in March to assess the situation there, Pakistan claimed on Friday.

Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz met OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaime on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The OIC Secretary General "informed" Aziz that under instructions from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is the current Chair of the organisation, a "delegation of the OIC's Independent Human Rights Commission will be paying a visit" to Jammu and Kashmir in March.

"The OIC is also requesting India to allow the delegation to visit" Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said.

India has maintained that IOC, a grouping of 57 Muslim countries, has no locus standi in the Kashmir issue. The statement further said Aziz briefed the OIC about the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir in the past five months.

Aziz thanked the Secretary General for convening the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Foreign Ministers on the Rohingya issue and invited him to isit Pakistan.

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