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*Muslim bloc OIC reaffirms ‘unequivocal’ support for Kashmir*

*The OIC categorically rejected illegal and unilateral actions taken by India since 5 August 2019,”: Pakistani FN*

The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation asks India to refrain from altering the demographic structure of India-administered Kashmir that India unilaterally annexed last August, Pakistani foreign office says.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated its “strong and unequivocal support” for disputed Kashmir in a resolution adopted unanimously in the Muslim bloc’s gathering in Niger, Pakistan said.

Representatives of 57-member states attended the two-day meeting that ended on Saturday during which OIC discussed issues confronting the Muslim world.

The situation in India-administered Kashmir was one of the session’s main points of focus with OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers reaffirming strong support for Kashmiris struggling for the region’s right to self-determination.

The OIC categorically rejected illegal and unilateral actions taken by India since 5 August 2019,” the Pakistani foreign office said in a statement, adding the resolution demanded that India “cancel the issuance of domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris” as well as other unilateral and illegal actions there.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi represented Pakistan at the 47th session of the OIC in Niamey.

Established in 1969, the OIC is the world’s second-largest inter-governmental organisation after the UN, with 57 member states spread across four continents.

Pakistan is one of its founding members.

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