Pakistan hosted the OIC Summit in Solidarity with the People of Afghanistan.
An extraordinary meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers on the recent crisis in Afghanistan held in Islamabad at the invitation of Pakistan in which Foreign Ministers of 20 countries, including Deputy Foreign Ministers of 10 countries, and 70 delegations were participating.
This was the first time since 1974 that Pakistan was hosting a meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers summit.
The Parliament, which normally meets the National Assembly, was deemed suitable for an OIC meeting. Ruling party Minister’s were seen engaged in meetings with delegations from Gulf countries inside the Assembly Hall.
The Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi entered the hall at 11:40 a.m. while the Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan entered the hall at 11:42 a.m., after which the meeting began with recitation from the Holy Quran.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and OIC Secretary General Hussain Ibrahim.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi started the meeting with his address.
FM Qureshi presented six-point proposals to help the people of Afghanistan.
According to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, OIC countries should immediately help the Afghan people.
Pakistan said that a group should be formed to promote investment in Afghanistan and find solutions to the financial challenges facing Afghanistan and immediate steps should be taken to provide aid to the Afghan people.
In addition, the United Nations and the OIC will have to form a group to help Afghanistan access legitimate banking facilities, FM Qureshi said.
The Taliban delegation led by caretaker Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi entered the hall with some delay.
The Foreign Minister was followed by speeches by Saudi Foreign Minister, OIC Secretary General, Turkish Foreign Minister, Jordanian Foreign Minister, Foreign Minister of Niger, President of Islamic Development Bank and then Prime Minister Imran Khan.
PM Imran Khan address OIC Summit
In his address, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that when a country’s banks were frozen, its economy cannot run.
He said that this was not a natural crisis but had been created, it was already too late, further delay was not good for the Afghan people.
‘Believe me, no country, especially America, will benefit from the chaos in Afghanistan’, PM Khan said, urgent action is needed to save Afghanistan from ruin.
He further said that Pakistan will not be able to deal with another round of refugees if Afghanistan is defeated by challenges like severe humanitarian crisis, terrorism and COVID-19.
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan
Addressing the meet, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said that this was indeed an extraordinary meeting convened to address the plight of the Afghan people, under the auspices of the OIC we can work together.
He said in his speech that the situation in Afghanistan was very critical, the Afghan people were looking to us for help, Saudi Arabia had allocated one billion riyals to help Afghanistan.
The Jordanian foreign minister said in his speech that it was time to decide whether Afghanistan would again fall into the hands of terrorists or whether the people there would be respected.
Addressing the conference on behalf of the OIC Asia, Arab and Africa groups, Turkish Foreign Minister said that the future of our Afghan brothers and sisters should be better.
The chairman of the Islamic Development Bank said that 76% of the population of Afghanistan lives in rural areas and it was important to help the youth and women in Afghanistan.
After a 13-minute speech by the Prime Minister, a ten-minute break was announced in the meeting. Then the camera sessions were announced and the media was asked to leave.
KSA Foreign Minister praised Pakistan’s efforts
During the break, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to discuss bilateral relations, the situation in the region, including Afghanistan, and issues of mutual interest.
The Foreign Minister thanked the Saudi Foreign Minister for helping Pakistan in its difficult times.
He further said that hosting two consecutive meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers was an expression of Pakistan’s serious thinking for the Muslim world.
During the meeting, Saudi Foreign Minister appreciated the excellent arrangements made for the extraordinary meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.
He thanked Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi for his sincere hospitality.
The media was housed in a gallery dedicated to the Assembly Hall. There was a large number of domestic and foreign media. Mobile phones are not normally allowed inside the assembly hall but were not banned during the OIC meeting.
Many journalists took advantage of this special opportunity to capture the moment in the eye of the camera.