The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held its 48th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) under the theme (Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development) in Islamabad on March 22-23, 2022.
As an integral member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan has hosted several OIC Summits and Council of Foreign Minister (CFM) in the past also.
This CFM was the 7th high-level OIC meeting convened by Pakistan since the organizations’ establishment in 1969: two summits in February 1974 and March 1997; five CFMs in December 1970, May 1980, April 1993, May 2007, and March 2022, besides three extraordinary sessions.
2nd OIC Summit was held in Lahore in February 1974
Extraordinary Summit held in Islamabad in 1997
CFM Meeting Second Session in December 1970
CFM Meeting 11th Session in May 1980
CFM Meeting 21st Session in April 1993
CFM Meeting 34th Session in May 2004
CFM Meeting 48th Session in March 2022
1st Extraordinary Session January 1980
17th Extraordinary Session December 2021
OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha chaired the meeting with the participation of Foreign Ministers and high-level dignitaries of Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke at the start of a two-day gathering in Islamabad of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which for the first time saw the attendance of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, as a special guest.
The 48th Session of the OIC CFM concluded with “resounding success on all counts” by
• adopting 140 resolutions on Kashmir, Palestine, and other global issues,
• the moot adopted 20 resolutions sponsored or co-sponsored by Pakistan
• it also appointed a special envoy on Islamophobia.
140 resolutions encompassed the entire range of political, security, humanitarian, economic, social, legal and financial issues; Muslim minorities, Islamophobia, arms control, terrorism, COVID-19 response, illicit financial flows and corruption, mediation, OIC reforms.
KEY OUTCOMES FROM #OIC48CFM
1. ADOPTION OF ISLAMABAD RESOLUTION
2. ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION ON #IIOJK
3. JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ON @OIC_OCI CONTACT GROUP ON JAMMU & KASHMIR
4. ADOPTION OF ACTION PLAN ON #IIOJK
5. OPERATIONALIZATION OF HUMANITARIAN TRUST FUND on Afghanistan
6. Appointment of @OIC_OCI Sp Envoy on #Islamophobia
7. Welcoming Establishment of ‘Rehmat ul il Aalimeen’ Authority by Pakistan
8.Adoption of Resolution Felicitating Pakistan on 75th Anniversary of Independence
9. Adoption of Resolution expressing grave concern over launch of a supersonic Indian missile into Pakistan
10. Agreement to convene Ministerial Conference for Promotion of Peace & Resolution of Conflict #OICInPakistan
11. Ministerial Resolution on Palestine
Welcoming the unanimous adoption of UN General Assembly proclaiming 15 March as International Day to Combat Islamophobia, the CFM decided to appoint OIC Special Envoy on Islamophobia to lead collective efforts on the organization’s behalf.
The participants welcomed the establishment of Rehmatullil Aalameen Authority by Pakistan, lauded Pakistan’s ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami’ initiative, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Debt Relief Initiative for developing countries, and its continued support and facilitation to OIC Commission on Science and Technology (COMSTECH).
During the preparatory process for the CFM Session, Pakistan was unanimously elected as a Member of the governing bodies of three OIC institutions, namely Islamic Center for Development and Trade, Casablanca, Islamic University of Technology, Dhaka, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for the Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Ankara.
On Ukraine, the Ministers called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to prevent further loss of life and stressed the need for establishment humanitarian corridors to ensure safe movement of civilians from active conflict zones.
The PM urged foreign ministers from Muslim-majority nations to help end Russia’s war in Ukraine, appealing also to China’s top diplomat to join the effort.
“We have failed both the Palestinians and the people of Kashmir. I am sad to say that we have been able to make no impact at all,” PM Khan said.
“We (Muslims) are 1.5 billion people and yet our voice to stop this blatant injustice is insignificant.”
In his speech at the conference, the Chinese foreign minister said China supports Russia and Ukraine continuing peace talks for the sake of a ceasefire, an end to the war and peace.
“We need to prevent humanitarian disasters and prevent the spillover of the Ukrainian crisis from affecting or harming the legitimate rights and interests of other regions and countries,” he said.
The foreign delegates also witnessed Pakistan’s annual 23rd March parade in Islamabad.
The Session addressed many topics and the activities of the OIC General Secretariat on implementing the resolutions adopted on various issues in the Islamic world, including the issue of Palestine and Al-Quds Ash-Sharif and the dangerous developments since the last CFM in Niamey 2020.
The Session also discussed several political files, most notably the developments in Afghanistan and its humanitarian consequences for the Afghan people and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Session addressed several African issues and at the Arab level, discussed the developments in Yemen, Libya, the Republic of Sudan and Somalia, Syria, and other regions.
Issues of international terrorism and conflict resolution were the CFM’s top agenda, in addition to the affairs of Muslim groups and communities in non-Member States.
The Session covered many economic, cultural, social, humanitarian, and scientific issues, including Islamophobia.