In a statement released on the social networking site Twitter, the OIC said the demarcation was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions (UNSC) and the Fourth Geneva Convention, including international law.
The statement said, “Referring to the enduring and principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir issue and the relevant decisions of the Islamic Summit and the OIC Foreign Ministers, the General Secretariat asked the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the light of relevant UNSC resolutions. They have reaffirmed their solidarity with the cause of self-determination.
The OIC also called on the international community, especially the UNSC, to immediately recognize the “grave consequences” of such demarcations.
Earlier this month, New Delhi released a list of new political constituencies for Occupied Kashmir, which has a large representation of the Hindu population in Muslim-majority areas, paving the way for new elections.
The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had divided the region into two federal units in 2019 to further strengthen its hold on occupied Kashmir.
The Occupied Territories were originally composed of Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, the Hindu-majority region of Jammu and the remote Buddhist region of Ladakh.
However, a month ago, the Indian government had said that a delimitation commission had finalized 90 constituencies of the Occupied Kashmir Assembly, excluding Ladakh, with 43 reserved for Jammu and 47 reserved for Kashmir. I had 37 seats and Kashmir Valley had 46 seats.
In a statement, the Indian Commission for Zoning, citing the region’s “strange geographical and cultural landscape”, claimed that it was difficult to meet competitive claims from various quarters.
The OIC Human Rights Commission, in a statement, strongly condemned the demarcation and said that India’s move was against international human rights and humanitarian law.
The OIC had termed the move as an unholy attempt and said that the Indian government wanted to bring in a puppet government of its own accord by influencing the election results by changing the proportion of the population for the elections.
The statement said that these cruel measures were aimed at turning the Muslim majority population into a minority on their own land and an attempt to obstruct their right to self-determination.