Kashmir issue: Saudi to hold OIC meeting over Pak’s demand

New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing CAA protests in India, Saudi Arabia is planning a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers to discuss the Kashmir issue.

Pakistani media have confirmed the same saying it was conveyed to them by the Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud during his visit to Islamabad and at a meeting with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Indiatoday reports.

Pakistan Foreign Office issued a statement on the meeting where Qureshi raised the issue of India’s abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, NRC and the “systematic targeting of minorities in India, particularly Muslims.”

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The statement further added, the “two Foreign Ministers discussed OIC’s role in the advancement of the cause of Kashmir.”

The move comes a week after Saudi Arabia had boycotted the conference of Islamic nations a summit hosted by Malaysia which was attended by Iran.

Pakistan under influence of Saudi Arabia backed out from the Kuala Lumpur Summit.

“The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been closely following recent developments affecting Muslim minority in India. It expresses its concern over the recent developments pertaining to both the issue of citizenship rights and the Babri Masjid case. It reiterates its call to ensure the safety of the Muslim minority and the protection of Islamic holy places in India,”read the Pakistan Foreign Office statement over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in India.

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