You do not know of any meeting centered on India organized by the ICO: MEA

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that it has no information that the Organization for Islamic Cooperation is organizing a meeting centered on India and described reports that such a conference could be held in Kashmir as completely speculative.

The claim came after media reports claimed that Saudi Arabia has transmitted to Pakistan through his Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, who was planning to convene a meeting on the topic of Kashmir.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday had said that Islamabad wanted an early meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) be convened to discuss the human rights situation in Kashmir.

Dismissing the media reports on any likely OIC meeting on Kashmir, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "The reports are entirely speculative. I think they are basically coming out from Pakistan that the meeting is being organised. At this stage, we are not aware of any such meeting of OIC on any India-related matter."

"If you see Pakistan 's statement, it has said that it is envisaged. They are using words like envisaged, planned etc. I don't think there has been any statement by Pakistan that this is happening," Kumar said at a briefing.

He said that a meeting of the OCI Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers is held every year and will also take place this year.

Let's see, I'm right in saying that so far we have no information about any India-centered meeting that the ICO is organizing, Kumar said.

When asked about the issue of Malaysia on the Law on Citizenship (Amendment) and its actions in the OIC, he said that India has made its position very clear for that country.

He also pointed out India's statement recently in which he described as factually incorrect comments according to reports by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that India is taking steps to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.

The MEA had also said that Malaysia should refrain from commenting on India's internal developments, especially without a correct understanding of the facts.

The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations, including Pakistan . The OIC has usually been supportive of Pakistan and often sided with Islamabad on the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support against India for withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5 and bifurcating it into two Union territories.

Responding to a question about India's efforts to extradite runaway diamond merchant Nirav Modi, Kumar said the matter is under dispute and is being heard in the Westminster magistrates court in London.

On extradition requests against Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who is in Antigua and Barbuda, he said: We are committed, we are putting all our resources on the ground to ensure Nirav Modi's prompt extradition to India ... We They have asked the government of Antigua and Barbuda if they can accelerate legal procedures so that the process of extradition of Mehul Choksi to India can begin.

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