Raza Rabbani Believes It Is Time For Pakistan To Part Ways With OIC
Former Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani has termed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) worse than the United Nations and said that Pakistan should pull out of the organisation.
The senator was speaking during a discussion on Kashmir in the Upper House. In his comments, he also expressed that the ‘bubble of an Islamic Ummah had burst’ and that Pakistan should reassess its relation with the Ummah.
The Pakistan People’s Party senator grounded his viewpoint in the fact that the Organisation of Islamic Countries always failed to act whenever Pakistan or any other Muslim country was in a troublesome situation.
The senior politician gave the example of the Bosnian genocide in the 1990s and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Israel. He was of the view that the world had become too profit oriented and focused on economic interests.
Raza Rabbani gave examples of the recent incidents whereby Muslim countries had positive interactions with India. He specifically mentioned the $15 billion deal between Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO and India’s Reliance, the conferment of ‘Order of Zayed’ by the United Arab Emirates on Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, and the signing of Memorandums of Understanding between Bahrain and India to supplement his argument that business interests of Muslim countries lied above the Kashmir issue.
The senator also emphasised on the need apprise human rights organisations about the state of human rights in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
In response to this, the Leader of the House in the Senate, Shibli Faraz said that Pakistan should move an emergency motion in the general assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in October. He also pressed on the need to convene meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Asian Parliamentary Association to raise awareness about the Kashmir issue.
Moreover, Senator Rehman Malik said that he had prepared a petition that would be filed with the International Criminal Court. He added that the crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated by Indian forces in Kashmir make India liable to trial by the ICC.
The former interior minister was also of the view that it was unfortunate that the United Nations had failed to implement its own resolutions on Kashmir.
Meanwhile, senator Mushahid Hussain was of the view that Pakistan must keep its own house in order and that it was ‘unthinkable to run an effective foreign policy with turmoil at home’.
The senate also passed a unanimous resolution condemning the annexation of occupied Kashmir by India, describing the move as part of the racist and fascist agenda of the BJP and RSS.
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