OIC calls for emergency meeting of ‘Contact Group on Kashmir’ on Pakistan’s request

Srinagar: The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) on Sunday called an emergency meeting of its Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on February 26 on Pakistan’s request, media reports said.

“On the request of Islamic Republic of Pakistan a meeting of the Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir … will be held at the OIC General Secretariat” on Tuesday at 11am, said a notice marked “urgent” sent to members of the contact group by the OIC secretariat in Jeddah, Dawn reported.

According to the notice, the meeting of the contact group will be held at the level of permanent representatives.

Quoting sources DawnNewsTV reported that the meeting will review the actions taken by the government of India in the aftermath of the attack on forces in Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The contact group meeting will precede the 46th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, scheduled for March 1-2 in Abu Dhabi.

In a rare move, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been invited to address the inaugural plenary of the OIC foreign ministers meeting. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan could also come face to face in Abu Dhabi on March 1.

In the past, the group has criticised India’s alleged “human rights abuses” in Kashmir.

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