Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called the Organization of Islamic Cooperation a strong voice to resolve issues of Kashmir, Palestine, and Afghanistan as well as to work for de-escalation in the Ukraine conflict.
In his keynote address at the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Pakistan, Khan called the role of OIC crucial to address the lingering issues of Kashmir, and Palestine. “We have failed both the Palestinians and Kashmiris. I am sad that we have not been able to make an impact despite being the massive voice of 1.5 billion,” Khan added.
In regards to Kashmir, Khan said that the residents were facing severe human rights situations, and altering the “demography of a population by turning the majority Kashmiri Muslims into minority was a war crime under Geneva Convention.”
Talking about Ukraine, Khan said the OIC countries along with China could play their role in diffusing the rising conflict. “I’ll talk with the visiting Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on how China and OIC could step in to mediate towards a ceasefire of Ukraine.
Khan also talked about Afghanistan, urging the international community to lift sanctions to avert the looming humanitarian crisis.
“As a word of caution, please do not push the proud and independent-minded people of Afghanistan. Let us help them and become involved in the international community,” he said.
Khan also congratulated the OIC members over the landmark resolution passed in the United Nations for declaring March 15 as the Day to Combat Islamophobia.
The March 15, Khan mentioned, was in connection with the barbaric incident when a gunman opened fire on Muslims at a mosque in New Zealand calling all Muslims terrorists.
The two-day meeting of the 57-member body of Muslim countries was attended by Secretary-General OIC Hissein Brahim Taha, President Islamic Development Bank Dr. Muhammad Suleiman Al-Jasser, Foreign minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wangi Yi, and other foreign ministers.
The meeting was held under the theme of ‘Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development’ highlighted the challenges facing the Muslim world and the common opportunities through joint efforts.
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