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Reverse decision of scrapping Article 370: OIC tells India

The Contact Group of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in its meeting on the sidelines of the 76th U.N. General Assembly, has asked India to reverse its decision of scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

A Joint Communique was issued after the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, which met under the Chairmanship of the Secretary-General of the OIC, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO).

It said that the group demanded India to “reverse all illegal and unilateral measures taken on or after August 5, 2019, stop the gross, systematic and widespread human rights abuses” in the disputed Himalayan region.

It said that lasting peace in South Asia cannot be achieved without a just settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UNSC resolutions.

India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019. India’s decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was its internal matter.

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