ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the hopes and aspirations of Muslim States are linked with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and all these Countries desire for unity and increase our presence on the world as one voice.
While addressing the OIC’s Webinar on the Golden Jubilee of OIC through video Link in Islamabad on Friday, the minister said that the OIC is a platform for Muslim countries through which we can work together by a common strategy in resolving any issue of Muslims in the world.
Qureshi said that during the journey of a half-century this second-largest global platform has made many notable achievements.
The foreign minister said that 50 years ago today, 25 Muslim Countries had pledged to work together to formulate an action plan to protect their common interests and achieve goals in response to a tragic attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that through the OIC platform we are finding ways to promote collaboration in various fields including science and technology, economy and trade, education, youth affairs, and women’s issues.
The minister said that Pakistan is one of the founding members of the OIC, so it has always played a key role in the improvement and promotion of this body. He said that Pakistan has hosted two OIC Summits and four Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) Conferences and we Islamabad is further ready to host the 48th Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Muslim Ummah, at the movement, stands at a point where millions of innocent people are being targeted in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Qureshi said that the continued brutal atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris, after Indian illegal and unilateral action, have turned it into a great human tragedy.
The minister said that it is commendable that the OIC has raised the issue of atrocities against Kashmiris globally through its resolutions and concrete statements. He said the OIC Contact Group for Kashmir has played a leading role in this regard.
The foreign minister said that it is clear that the Kashmir issue must be resolved in the light of the aspirations of the Kashmiris and the UN resolutions for the peace and stability in the region.
Expressing solidarity with Palestinian brethren, he said that Pakistan is in favor of a two-state solution for the Palestinian issue in accordance with the United Nations and OIC resolutions.
Qureshi said that the Muslims of Palestine are facing a painful situation and an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its Capital included is the only solution of this issue.