OIC Pak Summit: Chinese Foreign Minister As ‘Guest Of Honour’, India's Displeasure Over Invitation To Hurriyat!
Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, will also be in Pakistan for the summit. In this two-day meeting of foreign ministers, the Chinese Foreign Minister has been invited as a "guest of honour." China, on the other hand, is not one of the OIC's 57 permanent members. The Chinese Foreign Minister will speak as a special guest at the conference on March 22nd and 23rd. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, "I warmly welcome the Foreign Ministers and Delegations of OIC Member States, Observers, Partners and International Organizations to #48OICCFM in Islamabad. The broad theme of 'Unity, Justice and Development' Under this, the OIC-CFM will have extensive deliberations. The people of Pakistan are honoured by your presence."
According to media sources, Pakistan hosted an extraordinary session of the OIC on the Afghanistan conflict in December 2021. Apart from attending the OIC summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to attend the Pakistan Day Parade and view the exhibition of the recently inducted Chinese fighter jet J-10C in the Pakistan Air Force. Pakistan is the first country to get China's top fighter aircraft, the J-10C. This isn't the first time the OIC has invited a non-member country's foreign minister as a 'guest of honour.' The OIC has also asked Sushma Swaraj, the then-Indian Foreign Minister, to attend the March 2019 summit in the United Arab Emirates as a 'Guest of Honour.' No Indian officials have been invited to the OIC summit this time, however separatist leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq of Jammu and Kashmir has been invited. India has also spoken out against the OIC's decision, calling such activities "very serious" and "clearly aimed at eroding India's unity while trespassing on our sovereignty and territorial integrity." The Ministry of External Affairs stated, "We do not expect the OIC to assist people and groups involved in terrorism and anti-India actions." According to Pakistani news site Down, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has spoken out against India's resistance to the Hurriyat leader's invitation. "Instead of criticising the OIC's principled support for the dignity and freedom of the oppressed Kashmiri people, India should halt its persecution and promote human rights in Indian unlawfully occupied Jammu and Kashmir," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry stated. Furthermore, the pervasive violation of international humanitarian law must be put to an end." Despite having solid connections with some important OIC members, like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, India has declined to discuss the Kashmir problem or issues concerning the country's Muslim minority in the 57-member organisation. Efforts have also been stressed in the past.
I warmly welcome Foreign Ministers & delegations from OIC mbr states, observers, partners & intl orgs to #48OICCFM in Islamabad. Under overarching theme of ‘Unity, Justice & Development’, OIC-CFM will have wide-ranging deliberations. People of ???????? are honoured with your presence.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 20, 2022