Pak wants to break ranks with OIC after Kashmir snub

In the wake of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not acceding to Pakistan’s request for a meeting of foreign ministers on the Kashmir issue, Islamabad has threatened to break ranks with the organization, media reports said. Pakistan is annoyed by the lack of enthusiasm from other Islamic countries on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Islamabad could explore the possibility of holding a separate meeting with Islamic countries which supported its stand on the issue. “If you cannot convene it, then I’ll be compelled to ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to call a meeting of Islamic countries that are ready to stand with us on the issue of Kashmir,” he said.

Although Pakistan has been trying to keep the issue alive, there are not many takers for its stance on Kashmir, especially at a time the world is grappling with Covid-19 pandemic. Besides, concerns arising from China’s aggressive actions in its neighbourhood and its deepening confrontation with the US have also forced the Islamic countries to look the other way. The only country that is steadfastly supporting Pakistan is Turkey. Pakistani commentators have also said the world is not interested in Kashmir and even Islamic countries are supporting India.