OIC ensuring Islamic Cohesion

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Despite unprecedented pandemic challenges, Pakistan is all set to attain another massive diplomatic triumph by hosting the forthcoming 48th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in March 2022. Without any doubt, Pakistan owing to its effective diplomacy has become the hub of world attention whilst its resilient efforts subdued the agenda of its adversaries of isolating Islamabad in the geopolitical realm of the world. Respectively, in a bid to avert a looming humanitarian and economic crisis, Pakistan also hosted an extraordinary session” of the 57- nation in December last year. US, Russia, China, France, and Britain along with the European Union, the World Bank, and representatives of relevant United Nations relief agencies also participated in the summit. The scheduled summit holds immense significance as it is also set to embark on the Pakistan Day celebrations as well. The OIC CFMs representatives are likely to participate in Pakistan Day celebrations that will give a humongous boost to Pakistan’s prestige and stature.  In retrospect, The OIC, which is also the world’s second-largest multilateral forum, in a communiqué adopted at the end of the extraordinary session set up a Humanitarian Trust Fund and Food Security Programme to deal with the rapidly aggravating crisis in Afghanistan and also called for unfreezing the Afghan assets that pledge recently endorsed by the US to combat the looming humanitarian crisis.

One of the notable factors, since its establishment, the OIC has positioned itself as a prestigious and influential international organization, thus acting as a key platform of dialogue to maintain peace and respond to new challenges and threats across the world.  Pertinent to mention that OIC has always been a landmark in the contemporary history of the Muslim world, standing the test of time as the only unifying voice of the Muslim world, supporting the right, identity, and the moral and institutional framework.

The summit vow to focus on a wide range of topics and issues of concern of the Muslim such as the fight against violence, extremism, terrorism, Islamophobia, and defamation of religion respectively. Furthermore, the Council will likely discuss the situation of Muslim minorities and communities in non-member states, as well as the promotion of dialogue among civilizations, cultures, religions, and other emerging matters. One of the prime focuses would be an evaluation of xenophobic and extremist tendencies.  For reasons the world is witnessing a resurgence in multiple regions of the world of racist movements based on intent to Islamophobia, hatred of and hostility against Muslim nations, immigrants, and individuals; while over the period of times pledges commitment to prohibit any discourse, attempt or act that tolerates,  and it has discouraged or incites hostility against Muslims or defamation of Islam and Muslims, as well as to protect all individuals and groups against hate and violence based on religion and faith, and to ensure the protection of places of worship.

OIC summit will also discuss the continued attacks targeting Muslims and their places of worship in India. The recent trend of anti-Muslim legislation in different States and rising incidents of violence against Muslims on flimsy pretexts by ‘Hindutva’ groups with impunity are indicative of the growing trend of Islamophobia.

The OIC General Secretariat calls upon the international community, especially the UN mechanisms and Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, to take necessary measures in this regard.

In addition to this, the upcoming  OIC-CFMs to apprise situation in Palestine, Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Mali, the Sahel Region, and Lake Chad Basin, and other African countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Muslim communities and minorities in nonmember states. The OIC foreign ministers will also deliberate, over political, humanitarian, economic, social and cultural, and other issues related to science and technology, the media, and the progress made in the implementation of the “OIC-2025: Plan of Action” document.

Terrorism and security will be one of the key focus of the OIC  summit as the forum proactively reaffirm the struggle against terrorism and violent extremism in all their manifestations, illicit drug production, and trafficking, illegal trafficking of arms, ammunition, and explosive substances, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery remain a priority in the framework of the OIC; and it also launched a joint struggle, addressing both the symptoms and the root causes of these problems; and continue to advocate for closer cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the dissemination of the extremist ideology, targeting primarily the youth.

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