The 48th session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) officially kicked off in Islamabad today. PM Khan, in his key-note address, urged the OIC bloc, including China, to work together and end the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
During the detailed speech, PM Khan raised concerns on the direction the world is moving towards. He talked about ongoing conflicts and urged Muslim leaders to take a stand.
“I’m scared to say where the world is headed now,” PM Khan said. The premier also lamented how the Muslim world failed Palestine and Kashmir despite being a force of 1.5 billion. Before, addressing the Ukraine conflict, PM Khan talked about Afghanistan. He said world peace is linked to peace in Afghanistan.
“No country will be safe if unrest emerged in Afghanistan again,” he added.
Additionally, PM Khan said the OIC leaders need to discuss with Foreign Ministers the ways that can bring a ceasefire to the conflict in Ukraine. He said that he will also discuss the matter with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
“We are very concerned about events in Ukraine. All non-partisan countries like us need to influence the events and work around how we as a bloc [OIC] and China can help end this conflict.” Prime Minister
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Furthermore, during his speech, PM Khan congratulated OIC on the designation of March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. He said the international recognition regarding Islamophobia is a welcoming development. While outlining threats to Islam, PM Khan said it is important to protect future generations.
OIC moot is historic
With the theme, “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development,” the OIC moot aims to tackle problems faced by the Muslim world. During the two-day session, OIC will consider over 100 resolutions.
Currently, the Pakistani public is rejoicing on social media over the 48th session of OIC. According to them, it is a testament to Pakistan and PM Khan’s efforts to strengthen the Muslim world.
A great and motivational speech by PM Imran Khan at the OIC FMs moot in Islamabad… pic.twitter.com/KiBO84LN4u
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Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi welcomed the OIC foreign ministers to the conference and said that it is a matter of pride for Pakistan to host the 48th session in 2022, which marks the 77th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence.
“The OIC is the collective voice of nearly two billion Muslims. It is the bridge among the Muslim nations and between the Muslim world and the international community,” he said.
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Furthermore, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday termed the OIC conference a “historic development for bringing the international community to a shared vision and joint strategy to find a solution to emerging challenges vital for peace and stability,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.