ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has emphasized the need to adopt a holistic approach to meet the internal and external challenges confronting the Muslim Ummah. The Prime Minister was talking to OIC Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who called on him here at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
He said that concerted efforts are required to mobilize all available resources resting with the Islamic countries for the promotion of science and technology which is essential for their development and progress. The Prime Minister said that OIC has to re-establish its role as an effective and proactive body of the Islamic World. He appreciated the new Charter of OIC and expressed confidence that this would go a long way in improving the overall functioning of the Organization and gear it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
While referring to the issue of Kashmir, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan appreciated OICs efforts in highlighting the just cause of the Kashmiri people and said the Kashmir issue is relevant for the whole Islamic Ummah which needs to play its due role in helping the Kashmiris in their cause.
The Prime Minister said that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and believes in promoting inter-faith harmony. Condemning efforts by some element to malign Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH), he said that freedom of expression must not be at the cost of insulting the faith of others. The Prime Minister said that the people of Pakistan have given a clear mandate in favour of the democratic forces which would come up to the expectation of the people and make Pakistan a true democratic, progressive and Islamic country.
The Secretary General congratulated the Prime Minister on assuming the office and expressed confidence that under his leadership Pakistan would attain progress and prosperity. He told the Prime Minister that the Kashmir issue remains at the top of the OIC agenda and the Conference is deeply committed towards resolving this dispute. He also apprised the Prime Minister of the salient features of the new Charter of OIC and expressed confidence that it would enable the organization to play its due role effectively.
The Secretary General paid tribute to Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Dr. Allama Iqbal for their great services for Pakistan as well as their visionary role for the Muslim Ummah.-SANA