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OIC’s resolution on Kashmir: India’s diplomatic failure


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The biting resolution by the OIC’s ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi condemning state terrorism in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) and the word of “Indian Terrorism” has brought a huge embarrassment and setback to the anti-Pakistan rhetoric of Narendra Modi’s government, which had already failed miserably in an attempt to win votes.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s ambition of getting into 57-nation body using a backdoor fell flat when the OIC took Sushma Swaraj, the supposed guest of honor at the plenary by surprise.

Tewari said the Congress would like to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Swaraj whether this really was the ‘diplomatic achievement’.

The BJP government fell in another quagmire as it had already been facing the mounting criticism over the failure to prove its claims of a surgical strike inside Pakistan and further embarrassment by Pakistan’s befitting military action resulting in the downing of its two aircraft and arrest of a pilot.

India had termed the invitation to Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers ‘a great diplomatic win, which proved to be, again, a fool’s paradise.

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The resolution taken up at the conclusion strongly criticized the recent wave of state ‘terrorism’ in the Indian-Held Kashmir and reiterated to the international community of its responsibility to ensure the implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Pakistan had boycotted the 46th session of OIC in protest against inviting the Indian foreign minister at the huddle and Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written a letter addressed to the UAE Foreign Minister asking him to withdraw the invitation from India, which had been engaged with Pakistan in an enforced skirmish – eventually leading itself to lose face internationally.

India had termed the invitation to Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers ‘a great diplomatic win, which proved to be, again, a fool’s paradise.

Some politicians and analysts had advised India against attending the moot as in 1969, Pakistan, being the founding member of the OIC, had gotten the invitation to India withdrawn using its diplomatic influence.

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In reaction to the OIC resolution, the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari as saying, “The NDA-BJP government touted it as a huge diplomatic success for India that it has been invited to attend the plenary … but what happened in Abu Dhabi is extremely disturbing for India.” Tewari said the Congress would like to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Swaraj whether this really was the ‘diplomatic achievement’.

Terming the OIC resolution a success, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi congratulated the nation. “The OIC resolution has endorsed Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir calling it central to regional peace and has condemned Indian terrorism in Kashmir. The OIC, recognizing Pakistan’s right to self-defense, denounced Indian aggression,” he said in a tweet.

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