ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has pointed out that the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers being hosted by Pakistan on December 19 will provide an opportunity to dilate upon concrete steps to meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people.
In a statement on Tuesday, the foreign minister said that some international and regional organizations are also being invited to the moot.
Alluding to Pakistan’s intense diplomatic efforts to highlight the plight of the Afghan people, the foreign minister said that being collective voice of Muslim Ummah, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) can extend support to the Afghan people to control humanitarian crisis.
Qureshi said that the OIC leadership can also prove to be effective in galvanizing other international agencies to come forward and extend a helping hand to the Afghan people.
Urging the international community to extend continuous support to the Afghan people to avert a major humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the foreign minister said that according to the estimates of the UN, half of the Afghan population is faced with acute food shortage and this situation is further aggravating.
The minister said that the World Food Program (WFP) has warned that more than 3.2 million children in Afghanistan are faced with the issue of serious malnutrition.