Islamabad, March 22 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday stressing unity of the Muslim world said a strong voice of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as the representative body of 1.5 billion population was crucial to address the lingering issues of Kashmir and Palestine.
The prime minister in his keynote address at the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, after Pakistan assumed the Chair, said, “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.”
The two-day meeting of the 57-member body of Muslim countries that held at Parliament House 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.
The OIC Secretary General 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 joined the session.
The prime minister in his speech focused on the issues including Islamophobia, global conflicts and the situation regarding Afghanistan, Kashmir, Palestine and Ukraine.
Imran Khan pointed out that the international community decades ago had made a pledge with Kashmiris to let them decide their fate. However, he regretted that the status of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir had been changed illegally with the residents facing severe human rights situation.
“I ask OIC that unless we have a united front, we keep having seen these abuses,” he said, adding that altering the demography of a population by turning the majority Kashmiri Muslims into minority was a war crime under Geneva Convention.
Imran Khan warned that the world was heading towards a cold war with the chances of the countries being divided into blocs. “Unless we as Islamic platform get united, we will stand nowhere,” he said.
On the Ukraine situation, he proposed to consider the ways where the OIC countries along with China could play their role in diffusing the rising conflict.