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Should Pakistan attend the upcoming OIC meeting?


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After gross violations of Line of Control (LoC), opposition parties, government, and civil society have decided to put halt to domestic political maelstrom and jointly give a befitting response to India. Lawmakers from treasury and opposition benches on Tuesday assured armed forces of their full support and reiterated their complete confidence in capacities of Pakistan Army.

But at the same time, opposition in the National Assembly, as well as Senate, demanded the government not to attend the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting where Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has been invited as chief guest. As per local media reports, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that he will not attend OIC meeting scheduled for next month if Sushma Swaraj participates in it.

Since India has violated the International legal norms and entered into Pakistan to allegedly attack the hideouts of terrorists. UAE and other Muslim countries must stand by Pakistan in a critical time.

According to details, former foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while addressing the assembly on Tuesday had strongly opposed Pakistan’s participation in the OIC meeting. Similarly, Former Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said OIC has invited Indian minister as a guest of honor despite the fact that India has been persecuting Kashmiris for the last 50 years.

“How can it be allowed to happen? How can an Organization, which is Islamic, invite such a country,” he asked. Former Defence Minister went on saying that “If the host insists on inviting India, Pakistan should boycott such a meeting where murderer of several generations of Kashmiris is invited”.

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A day earlier, the Senate of Pakistan dropped OIC’s appreciation out of a resolution on post-Pulwama attack developments for its invitation to India to attend the forthcoming meeting of OIC foreign ministers. Apart from senators of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party also criticized the OIC’s decision to invite Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to the meeting and said that perhaps OIC’s relations with Israel were improving.

Some analysts also suggested that there should be no ‘ifs or buts’ and Pakistan must boycott the OIC meeting. Later on, Shah Mahmood Qureshi reportedly spoke to his UAE counterpart and briefed him about the ongoing situation between Pakistan and India. FM also expressed reservations over the invitation of Indian FM without prior consultation with Pakistan, a member of the OIC.

It is argued that the OIC is an important forum to highlight the atrocities being committed by India in Kashmir, its violation of LoC and use of Pakistan card by the Indian Prime Minister to win the upcoming general elections.

Minister for Provincial Coordination Ms. Fahmida Mirza delivered a speech in the NA and urged her government not to miss any change to address the world and expose India. She suggested that Pakistan should attend the OIC meeting since its absence from the forum will help India shape narrative in her favor.

Many analysts also view the same that Pakistan must use all diplomatic sources and stress the UAE government to withdraw the invitation of Indian FM. Since India has violated the International legal norms and entered into Pakistan to allegedly attack the hideouts of terrorists. UAE and other Muslim countries must stand by Pakistan in a critical time. But at the same time, experts urge the government not to leave regional or global forums empty for India to develop a narrative of her own way by misleading the world.

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It is argued that the OIC is an important forum to highlight the atrocities being committed by India in Kashmir, its violation of LoC and use of Pakistan card by the Indian Prime Minister to win the upcoming general elections. Hence, Pakistan is expected to attend the upcoming OIC meeting later this week.

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