OIC expresses deep concern over sentencing of Yasin Malik

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed deep concern over sentencing of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik, to life imprisonment in false cases registered against him.

The OIC in a statement issued in Jeddah said that the General Secretariat of the organization reiterates its solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for their rights including their right for self-determination. It urged the international community to ensure that the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for the realization of their rights must not be equated with terrorism.

The statement said, the General Secretariat calls on the Government of India to release all Kashmiri leaders unfairly incarcerated, halt forthwith the gross and systematic persecution of Kashmiris in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK); and respect the right of the people of IIOJK to determine their own future through a free and impartial plebiscite as enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The OIC statement unnerved India. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the comments made by the OIC criticising India for the judgement in the case of Yasin Malik were “unacceptable”.