Vice President Hamid Ansari has said that lately the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been rendered irrelevant. He was referring to the OIC’s statement on Kashmir.
Returning from a five-day visit to Mali and Nigeria, Ansari said the consensus-based approach in decision making has rendered the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) “ineffective” and as a result, the group has “lost its relevance”.
He pointed out that the member nations of OIC in bilateral engagements have “always condemned terrorism, recognising that no one could condone it as everyone had become a victim”.
Ansari’s criticism of OIC – world’s oldest and largest block of Muslim nations – is seen as part of India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan in the league of Muslim nations. New Delhi has initiated a strong drive to expose the differences between Pakistan’s statements and deeds in respect of India.
May it be noted that the OIC, even after Uri attack – that left 19 Indian soldiers martyred after Pakistan-based Jaish-e—Mohammad terrorists struck an army camp on September 18 – has said that Kashmir is “not an internal problem of India but an international issue”.
OIC Secretary General Iyad Amin Madani, on an official visit to Pakistan, also discussed so-called “human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir with the country’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
The OIC reportedly also supports the Pakistani demand for a referendum in Jammu and Kashmir – which has been rejected by India. The OIC that comprises, among others, countries like Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh, has been the most critical international grouping that has been vocal on the Kashmir situation.
Nevertheless, New Delhi’s diplomatic outreach has yielded some positive results as some of the major players in the OIC grouping — Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have individually condemned Uri attack. In fact, UAE also has supported any action by India to confront, eradicate and fight terrorism.
Two key South Asian neighbours Afghanistan and Bangladesh have also backed India and announced staying away from SAARC summit initially slated to be hosted by Pakistan in November.
Meantime, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) cell for the Gulf region, headed by Joint Secretary (in charge of West Asia and North Africa) B Bala Bhaskar, has been liaising with envoys from these countries to enlist their support in favour of India.