ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION
In 1969, An international organization was founded , consisting of 57 member states, with a collective population of over 1.8 billion as of 2015 with 53 countries being Muslim-majority countries (Middle east nations). The organisation countries that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting globally peace and harmony”
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The OIC held its first science & technology summit at the level of head of state and govt in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, on 10-1 1 September 2017.
PAKISTAN UNHAPPY WITH OIC
Pakistan has been pushing for the foreign ministers’ meeting of the 57-member bloc of Muslim countries, which is the second-largest intergovernmental body after the UN, since India annexed occupied Kashmir last August
Responding to a question on the talk, show, Qureshi declared Pakistan “could not wait any further” on the issue of a meeting of Islamic nations. Qureshi had previously claimed a meeting of OIC foreign ministers was needed to send a clear message from the Ummah (community of Muslims) on the Kashmir issue.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi was quoted by Dawn as saying,”I am once again respectfully telling OIC that a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers is our expectation. If you cannot convene it, then I’ll be compelled to ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to call a meeting of the Islamic countries that are ready to stand with us on the issue of Kashmir and support the oppressed Kashmiris.”
POINT TO NOTE
In March 2019, Qureshi boycotted a meeting of OIC foreign ministers after India’s then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was guest of honour at the organisation’s summit in Abu Dhabi.
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