The OIC stands for unity, justice and development

The convening of the Islamic Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Islamabad on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence is an extraordinary manifestation of Muslim solidarity with Pakistan.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is the second largest intergovernmental organization in the world and represents the collective voice of the Islamic world.

Over the years, the organization has proactively advanced the common interests and goals of the Islamic world. He sought to promote international peace and security, understanding and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions, and to promote the noble Islamic values ​​of peace, justice and mutual respect.

The Islamabad meeting takes place at a critical moment in world history. The structures of global security and economic order established in 1945 have been eroded by the repeated unilateral use of force, a new “cold war” and growing inequalities between and within nations, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19, the impact of climate change and the technological revolution. Islamic countries must carefully navigate these “new realities” and actively shape the emerging world order to achieve their individual and collective interests.

To achieve this goal, they must first promote and preserve their own sovereignty and territorial integrity by upholding the principles, avoiding involvement in great power rivalries, resolving inter-Islamic disputes, and preventing interference and foreign intervention.

Second, as a force for peace and justice, the OIC must continue to support the just causes of Palestine and Kashmir for self-determination and liberation from foreign occupation. While these goals are daunting, I’m convinced the story arc bends toward justice.

India’s attempt to impose a definitive solution on Jammu and Kashmir, by stripping it of its identity, changing its demographics and brutally repressing its people, will fail. Lasting peace and stability in South Asia depends on the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir conflict in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

We seek friendly relations with all neighbors including India. New Delhi should create the conditions for a sincere and results-oriented dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris, by reversing its unilateral measures in occupied Kashmir, including demographic changes, and by ending its gross and widespread human rights violations. of man.

After 40 years, there is a real opportunity to restore peace and security to Afghanistan and the region. We must act collectively to avert a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse in Afghanistan, and actively engage with the Afghan authorities to promote human rights, especially women’s rights, encourage greater inclusion and develop effective strategies to eliminate the terrorist threat in the country.

We must promote and find our own solutions to the problems facing the Muslim world. It is vital to resolve the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen through accommodation and cooperation between the Islamic countries concerned, and to exclude any non-Muslim interference in these conflicts.

Pakistan will always remain a stronghold of Islam and a defender of the rights and interests of Muslims around the world. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The OIC should seriously consider establishing its own peace and security architecture to promote conflict resolution through dialogue and negotiations whenever disputes arise between Muslim countries or between them and non-Muslim countries or entities.

The Muslim world as a whole is well endowed with human and natural resources. We need to coordinate better to exploit complementarities and build capacity. Joint Islamic action in the economic and commercial fields will be an important step towards greater political convergence and solidarity.

The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change have compounded our socio-economic challenges. They also offered new opportunities to redefine priorities focusing on intra-OIC cohesion.

Islamic countries should join other developing countries in mobilizing adequate resources to recover from the pandemic and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This should include debt relief and restructuring, meeting the 0.7% official development assistance target, redistributing the unused $400 billion in new special drawing rights, larger loans by multilateral development banks, massive public and private sector investments in sustainable infrastructure and the mobilization of the promised $100 billion and more per year in climate finance.

We must also demand fair and equal treatment in the international architecture of finance, trade and taxation. We must boldly stop and reverse the exodus of billions of dollars each year from our countries to “safe havens” through corruption, fraud, tax evasion and tax evasion.

OIC countries need to prepare for a knowledge-based, integrated and digital global economy of the future. An OIC “Commission for the Future” should be established to study trends in science and technology, trade and finance and recommend a clear long-term strategy.

We must promote economic cooperation with all countries and groups, both with the West and with the East. At the same time, we must exploit the economic complementarities among Islamic countries, using the Islamic Development Bank and other OIC institutions. A special working group of experts could develop a plan for economic, financial, commercial and technological cooperation among the OIC Member States.

Finally, we must promote global respect for our faith, Islam, and offer protection to every Muslim everywhere. We must vigorously oppose any defamation or denigration of Islam, our Holy Book or our Holy Prophet, peace be upon him.


The worst manifestation of Islamophobia is the officially sanctioned campaign to turn India into an exclusively Hindu state. There is danger of genocide against Muslims in India.

I am encouraged by the adoption by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly of the resolution proposed by Pakistan, together with the OIC countries, which proclaimed March 15 as the International Day for the Fight Against Islamophobia. We will continue to build bridges, promote respect for all religions and beliefs, and advance global dialogue among civilizations to promote peaceful coexistence and interfaith harmony.

Pakistan will always remain a stronghold of Islam and a defender of the rights and interests of Muslims around the world. I hope to realize our founder’s vision of transforming Pakistan into a modern, democratic and Islamic welfare state upholding the precepts of our Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, as practiced in the Riyasat-e-Madinah.

BY IMRAN KHAN, PRIME MINISTER OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN

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