Pakistan, Turkey decides to convene emergency meeting of OIC FMs on Friday

Islamabad Published 19 Mar 2019

Pakistan and Turkey have decided to convene an emergency meeting of OICForeign Ministers in Istanbul on Friday to discuss root causes of growing Islamophobia in the west.

This was announced by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while addressing a news briefing in Islamabad today.

He said he contacted his Turkish counterpart and discussed the world scenrio after the Newzealand terrorist attacks.

Foreign Minister said Turkey being chair of the council floated the idea of convening Foreign Ministers’ meeting and Pakistan seconded it.

During the meeting, efforts will be made to unify the Ummah and devise a strategy to know the root causes of growing Islamophobia in the West and its implications for Muslims around the world.

Foreign Minister said he will represent Pakistan at the meeting.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says visa to the mother of Shaheed Naeem Rashid has been issued so that she can attend last rituals of her son in New Zealand.

In a statement, he said the government is facilitating relatives of Pakistani citizens, martyred in the New Zealand terrorist attack, in getting visa to travel to Christchurch to attend funerals of their loved ones.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand is making all out efforts for affected Pakistanis in that country. He said families of six martyred want to bury them in New Zealand while three have expressed wish to bury their dead in Pakistan.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said parliamentary leaders will be invited for a meeting on 28th of this month at the parliament house in Islamabad to seek their opinions and guidance on the way to move forward, in the backdrop of post Pulwama developments.

He said he held telephonic contacts with PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif who have assured their cooperation on all issues of national interest and security.( TOI )