ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain left for Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday to represent Pakistan at the 13th Islamic Summit Conference being held there. The conference has been organised by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and will continue till April 15.
Besides addressing the conference, during his three-day visit, the president will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders of some of the member states. Leaders of member states are expected to collaborate and take practical measures to strengthen ties among Islamic countries, mutually benefitting each other.
They are also expected to further OIC’s role and impact in the regional and international community. This includes the adoption of the ‘OIC Programme of Action: 2016-2025’. The plan of action constitutes a strategic vision with specific priorities addressing: peace and security, terrorism and extremism, humanitarian work, human rights, development, poverty alleviation, eradication of epidemics, rights of women, children and family in the Islamic world, higher education, science and technology, and cultural exchange among OIC member states.
The conference, held under the theme of, ‘Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace’, will also feature discussion on the current situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali, Jammu and Kashmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia’s aggressions on Azerbaijan, as well as other member states afflicted by conflicts and unstable security situation. Issues faced by Muslims where they are in minority will also be discussed. – SAMAA