Saudi Arabia plans to convene a meeting of the foreign ministers of member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for a discussion on the situation in Kashmir and anti-Muslims law in India. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan conveyed this to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a meeting with him at the Foreign Office, local media reported.
The visit had come after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government had been criticised for skipping the Kuala Lumpur Summit due to pressure from Riyadh. Islamabad had defended its decision to pull out of the summit saying that it wanted to maintain “neutrality” and play the role of a bridge in the Muslim world.
The report further claimed that the OIC in its official communique will specifically mention the human rights violation in Indian occupied Kashmir and the passage of Citizenship Amendment Act.
More than two dozen people in India have died amid ongoing protests against a new citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims. At least 25 people have died across India in ongoing protests against the country’s new citizenship law.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, offers a fast-track to citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but excludes Muslims such as the Ahmadiyya, Hazara or Rohingya. Critics say the law is not only discriminatory, but in violation of India’s secular constitution.
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17 November, 2019