Saudis hesitant on OIC meet on Kashmir

Saudis hesitant on OIC meet on Kashmir

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In a major setback for Islamabad, Saudi Arabia has shown reluctance in accepting Pakistan's request for an urgent meeting on the Kashmir issue during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

Expressing his frustration over the OIC's silence on Kashmir, the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr. Imran Khan said there's total division amongst the member countries.

'The reason is that we have no voice and there is a total division amongst [us]. We can’t even come together as a whole on the OIC meeting on Kashmir,' said Mr. Imran Khan while speaking at a think-tank during his visit to Malaysia.

Pakistan has been pushing for the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of OIC since India withdrew Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5 and bifurcated it.

The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations, including Pakistan. The OIC has usually been supportive of Pakistan and often sided with Islamabad on the Kashmir issue.

While emphasising the importance of CFM meet for it, the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, at a recent press conference said, it was needed to send a clear message from the Ummah (community) on the Kashmir issue.

Despite knowing that the international community will not fall for its bait to defame India through the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has made several attempts to drive its agenda against New Delhi on global forums.

Right after the abrogation of Article 370 in August, Mr. Qureshi had asked his countrymen not to live in a 'fool’s paradise' as he highlighted that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the United Nation’s Security Council as well as from the Muslim world.

Earlier, in September Islamabad had to face embarrassment after it failed to secure the support of a minimum of 16 countries to move a resolution on Kashmir in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Pakistan faced a similar fate when it used its all-weather-friend China to make the UNSC issue some statement against India as it was not done. Among the five permanent members of the UNSC, the US, Russia, France, and the UK had maintained, individually, that the matter should be discussed bilaterally.

The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, too had shifted his offer of mediation 'if both countries wanted' and asked Pakistan to reduce tensions.