- Diplomats from Muslim countries have been encouraged by Pakistan’s prime minister to assist bring an end to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
- “The rest of the earth is already hurting!”
- The agenda for the OIC summit in Islamabad is ambitious.
- “It is clear that we have failed the Palestinians and the Kashmiri people alike.”
- Ukraine’s situation was reviewed and both parties reaffirmed their need for an immediate cease of hostilities.
- The United Nations adopted an International Day to Combat Islamophobia last week.
- Amid the rising political turmoil within Islamabad, Khan stands firm.
The OIC Gathers in Islamabad
Foreign ministers from Muslim-majority countries, including China’s top diplomat, have been encouraged by Pakistan’s prime minister to assist bring an end to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, was in attendance for the first time as a special guest at the two-day summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad.
Amid Rising Prices
When it comes to rising energy costs and wheat shortages, Khan said, “the rest of the earth is already hurting” as a result of Ukraine’s “breadbasket” status. The conflict in Ukraine “may have huge ramifications,” Khan cautioned.
There should be a truce and a resolution of the crisis, the ministers were encouraged by him.
The Main Agenda
The agenda for the OIC summit in Islamabad is ambitious, involving the acceptance of more than 100 statements, including help for financially stressed Afghanistan and solidarity for Palestinians and Kashmiris.
It is clear that we have failed the Palestinians and the Kashmiri people alike. To suggest that we’ve had no effect is a terrible oversimplification, he added.
“Even though there are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, our voice is insignificant in stopping this flagrant injustice.”
Pakistan and China
During the Beijing Winter Olympics, he was one of just a few foreign leaders to attend the opening ceremony, which was boycotted by others due to China’s human rights record.
According to others, Wang’s presence at the OIC summit demonstrated China’s growing influence among OIC nations and the Islamic organization’s willingness to disregard accusations of Chinese authorities’ systematic abuse of Uighur minorities.
When it comes to battling Islamophobia, Khan refuses to criticize China on reports of mistreatment against the Uighur. Gwadar, Pakistan’s port on the Arabian Sea, will be connected to China’s northern border by a multibillion-dollar road and energy project.
Remarks of Chinese FM
The Chinese foreign minister stated in his remarks at the conference that China supports the continuation of peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine for the sake of a truce, an end to the conflict, and peace.
In order to keep the Ukraine conflict from reaching or injuring other areas and nations, “we need to avert humanitarian catastrophes,” he stated.
When coronaviruses started spreading, Beijing helped 50 Islamic nations with 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines and a considerable number of resources to battle the illness.
Talks Behind the Curtain
According to a government statement, Wang later met with Khan. Ukraine’s situation was reviewed and both parties reaffirmed their need for an immediate cease of hostilities and continuing attempts for a settlement via continuous engagement and diplomacy,” it stated.
Qureshi met separately with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, according to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. As reported, the two spoke about Ukraine and reaffirmed the need of finding a solution via conversation and diplomacy.
Wang’s attendance at the conference was deemed “quite ironic” by the Wilson Center’s deputy director for Asia, Michael Kugelman.
As Kugelman pointed out, “it serves as a reminder of the importance the OIC governments have on their trade ties with Beijing.”
The United Nations adopted an International Day to Combat Islamophobia last week because of Khan’s efforts to combat anti-Muslim attitudes.
Even as he prepares to defend himself against a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly as early as next week, Khan is hosting the OIC meeting despite accusations from the opposition that he has mismanaged Pakistan’s economic and foreign policy (Al-Jazeera, 2022).
Amid the rising political turmoil within Islamabad, Khan stands firm. On 82nd Pakistan Day, the OIC ministers enjoyed the Pakistan Day Parade before commencing the second session of OIC.
The economic conditions were already poor when Khan got the office in 2018. The previous government had held the dollar at an artificial rate, maintaining the rupee. However, after Khan’s policies, the dollar took a hike, and the corruption of the former governments was exposed which led to the now-opposition parties to unite and take down Khan.
They thrive to de-seat Khan by breaking his parliamentary voters and allied parties. The allegation of bribes worth millions of dollars being offered by the opposition parties is circling the media while whispers of an external intervention to oust PM Imran Khan are also being heard in the upper circles.
Khan has worked for promoting peace and sustaining the environment to a level where Pakistan is awarded the leadership role in tackling global climate change. In February 2019, amid a standoff between Indian and Pakistani militaries, Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian jets when they crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir.
An Indian Wing Commander was arrested as he bailed from the plunging aircraft only to be returned as a peace gesture by PM Khan to de-escalate the hostilities between the neighboring states.
Moreover, Imran Khan has spoken against the Israeli crimes in Palestine in the May of 2021 as Pakistan’s FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi led the delegation to safeguard Palestinian rights in the UN General Assembly.
Prime Minister Imran Khan might be a target of character assassination by the opposition in Islamabad but it is right to assume that he had taken a leadership role in uniting the Islamic states by standing up for the oppressed Muslim communities in the world, while simultaneously, implementing policies to curb global warming challenges and educating the world about true essence of Islamic values.
His role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict is still not clear though he spoke fervently at the OIC and urged the fellow delegates to act as a mediator between the two countries in order to avoid the economic disaster that awaits amid US-imposed sanctions on Russia.
Al-Jazeera. (2022, March 23). Al Jazeera. Retrieved from https://www.aljazeera.com/: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/23/pakistan-imran-khan-islamic-nations-oic-ukraine-war