OIC Pledges resolve to take united stand on various challenges facing Muslim Ummah

PM seeks OIC’s strong support for resolution of Kashmir, Palestine issues

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, as a host country, on Tuesday assumed the chair of 48th Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC-CFM) in the inaugural meeting. Foreign Minister of the Republic of Niger (Chair of the 47th session of the OIC-CFM) Hassoumi Massoudou handed over chair to the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi during the proceedings at the Parliament House.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a group photo with the delegates of 48th OIC Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Islamabad on March 22

Prime Minister Imran Khan, OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (OIC Summit Chair) Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi were also present to witness the proceedings.

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Niger Hassoumi Massoudou in his inaugural address highlighted the efforts, achievements, and the steps taken for realizing the collective objectives of the Islamic world.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphatically stated that strong voice of the OIC as representative body of 1.5 billion population is crucial to address lingering issues of Kashmir and Palestine.

In his keynote address at the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the Muslim countries should not drag themselves into bloc politics and rather show their power for bringing peace in the world.

The Prime Minister regretted that the Muslim Ummah has failed to make any impact for the resolution of Kashmir and Palestine disputes. He said the international community promised the Kashmiris to decide their future, regretting that the special status was also taken away illegally by India on 5th August 2019.

The Prime Minister made it clear that altering the demography of the population by turning the majority Kashmiri Muslims into minority is a war crime under Geneva Convention.

Regarding Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said a stable Afghan government is the only way to stop international terrorism emanating from its soil.

He termed the stability in Afghanistan as extremely important and called the lifting of international sanctions to avert humanitarian crisis looming in Afghanistan. He also urged the international community to help the Afghan people in resolving the issues.

On the Ukraine situation, the Prime Minister said the OIC, China and all the non-partisan countries should use their influence to resolve the crisis.

Imran Khan said he will hold a discussion with the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on how China and OIC can step in to mediate towards a ceasefire of Ukraine war.

The Prime Minister especially congratulated the OIC members, over the landmark resolution passed at the United Nations for declaring March 15 as the Day to Combat Islamophobia.

The Prime Minister stressed that Islam does not equate terrorism and rejects the notion of differentiating between a “moderate and terrorist Muslim”.

He pointed out that the 9/11 incident led to demonizing of Muslims across the world and also dismissed the criticism against Muslims on denying the right of freedom of expression to those who mocked or ridiculed the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

The Prime Minister mentioned that one of the ideals of the OIC is to protect Islamic values, however, expressed concern over the culture of obscenity on social media.

Imran Khan sought consideration by the Islamic platform to suggest ways for combating vulgarity, impacting the social values and family system.

Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha Tuesday upon making of concerted efforts by all the OIC member states to tackle the various challenges being faced by the Muslim Ummah.

Addressing the inaugural session of the OIC-Council of Foreign Ministers, he said that the 48th session was being held under the theme of ‘Partnership to build unity, justice and development’, and called for making of the joint efforts to realize the collective objectives of the OIC.

About the Kashmir issue, he said it had not found solution for a very long time. Terming the Indian government’s acts of August 5, 2019 by changing the status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir as violations of the UNSC resolutions, he reiterated OIC’s call to support the rights of the Kashmiri people to self-determination in line with the resolutions of the UNSC.

The secretary-general said that Palestinian people had been facing illegal Israeli occupation and the forceful colonization of their lands.

OIC Secretary-General calls upon concerted efforts to tackle contemporary challenges

Condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, he said Israeli actions were stark negation of the international laws and the UN resolutions for the peaceful settlement of the issue, by protecting the Palestinian rights to life and land.

About the issue of Afghanistan, he emphasized upon further efforts to bring stability and peace. He termed the establishment of Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund on the margin of the OIC-CFM session as another effort by the member states for the financial and humanitarian support to the Afghan people.

Hissein Brahim Taha further said that Yemen situation also caused deep concerns for the OIC, and called for immediate end to conflict through peaceful means.

The OIC secretary general also condemned Houthis attacks against civilians and installations.

He said the world was facing racial discrimination, calling upon the OIC member countries to put their acts together to fight this challenge.

He also welcomed the recent adoption of the UN resolution by designating March 15 of each year as a day to fight against Islamophobia.

The secretary general further said that fighting terrorism was an absolute priority of the OIC and called upon protection of the rights of children, women and families laws, besides, capacity building of the Muslim youth in the fields of latest science and technological fields and modern education.

Referring to the Covid pandemic, he observed that the world had not been yet out of it which created huge economic difficulties for the developing and poor countries.

The OIC secretary general underlined the need to intensify the joint efforts to ensure OIC objectives aimed at eradication of poverty, disease, illiteracy, extremism and galvanizing efforts for promotion of interfaith harmony, and making progress in the fields of science and technology.

OIC Secretary General calls upon concerted efforts to tackle contemporary challenges

He said the high level education would be an optimal means to removing backwardness of the developing countries.

He also appreciated the member countries for contributing towards the collective objectives and goals of the member states and called upon making of further concerted efforts to realize the programmes and action under OIC’s umbrella.

He also expressed his gratitude to the government and the people of Pakistan for the warm welcome and hosting of the session.

He also lauded Pakistan for its strong commitment to the charter of the OIC and its contributions for the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah.

It was indeed a great pleasure to attend the OIC-CFM session which also coincided with the celebrations of Pakistan’s national Day, he added. He also wished further progress and prosperity of Pakistan and its people.

Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (OIC Summit Chair) Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, in his statement, stressed for further consolidation of efforts and unity among the Muslims Ummah to confront the varied challenges.

Extending felicitation to the member-states on the adoption of UN resolution against Islamophobia, he termed it a great achievement of the OIC and its member states.

OIC Secretary General calls upon concerted efforts to tackle contemporary challenges

He highlighted the significance of making efforts to strengthen the unity and solidarity among the Muslim countries by promoting the noble Islamic values.

Prince Faisal also reiterated support to the role and objectives of the organization. For ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan, he said efforts should be made to enable Afghans to contribute towards the future building of their country.

The Saudi foreign minister also called upon Afghans to help themselves by ensuring that Afghan lands were not used as a haven for extremist groups by ensuring respect for human rights, including women’s right to education.

OIC Secretary General calls upon concerted efforts to tackle contemporary challenges

He also reaffirmed Kingdom’s support to the OIC efforts for the just resolution of the Palestinian and Jammu and Kashmir issues.

The foreign minister also denounced Houthis’ attacks against KSA, adding that Saudi Arabia had been providing humanitarian support and relief to the Yemeni people.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his speech, said that their shared goals were motivated through mutual respect and cooperation.

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