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Pakistan Knocks OIC Door For Joint Probe Into India Missile Misfire

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By: Ayanangsha Maitra
Updated: March 24, 2022 15:45
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NEW DELHI: A summit of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held in Islamabad, has endorsed Pakistan’s demand for a joint investigation into the accidental misfire of a missile from India that landed in the Islamic country earlier this month.

In a statement on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said, “In a Resolution adopted today, the OIC Foreign Ministers have endorsed Pakistan’s call for a joint probe to accurately establish the facts surrounding the 9 March 2022 incident of the firing of a missile into Pakistan from India.”

The 48th Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC was organised in Islamabad between March 22 and March 23, which also saw a controversial statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi over Kashmir.

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The Secretary-General of the OIC has been requested to communicate the resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to remain seized of the matter, Pakistan stated.

“The foreign ministers of the OIC member states urged India to work constructively with Pakistan for enhancing regional security and stability through the settlement of outstanding disputes and positively responding to Pakistan’s proposal for a Strategic Restraint Regime, including measures for arms control, restraint and confidence building,” the statement reads.

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Pakistan further said that the OIC foreign ministers called on international bodies including the UN and UNSC to pursue the matter with India.

On March 11, the government of India had ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry into the accidental firing of the missile that landed in Mian Channu city of Khanewal District in Punjab province on March 9. India had said that the missile was misfired due to “technical malfunction” during maintenance.

A day later, Pakistan said it was not satisfied with the inquiry ordered by India and demanded that a joint team from both countries probe the “accurately establish the facts surrounding” the incident.

The Pakistani military had said that a wall fell due to the landing of the unarmed missile, but there was no major harm, adding that there were no sensitive installations in the area.

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