In a statement released on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to “avoid outside involvement in the Muslim World.”
Qureshi stated during his statement at the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that “we alone are capable of finding answers to internal fissures and issues.”
A thorough involvement and cooperation among Islamic countries, he continued, will be essential in bringing these tensions and disputes to an end.
According to the foreign minister, the world is experiencing unparalleled turmoil at the moment. According to him, the latest war in Ukraine, which has revived East-West tensions, poses a threat to international peace and security and should be addressed.
“A new and catastrophic global arms race has begun”. Nation-to-nation and intra-national conflicts have grown. At the expense of global equilibrium, political and military blocs are competing for greater dominance. He stated that “trade and growth throughout the world are deteriorating as a result of the technology wars.”
He stated that the Muslim world is confronted with wars in the Middle East, a long-term foreign occupation, and the denial of the right to self-determination, particularly for the people of Palestine and Kashmir, among other things.
Increasing resentment among Muslims worldwide is being fueled by frequent external interventions in Muslim countries, according to him. “If left unattended, these conflicts and disputes undermine our unity and solidarity, expose our countries to foreign interference and intervention, fuel terrorism and extremism,” he continued, adding, “and divert attention away from our development goals and the welfare of our people.”
It is heartbreaking to see Muslims suffering in so many countries throughout the world during this time of global instability.” Today, Muslim countries are at the scene of more than 60% of all hostilities in the globe, according to the UN. There is a wide spectrum of wars in the Muslim world, ranging from Yemen to Syria to the Sahel, and the intensity of these conflicts is evident. “These are open scars on the body politic of Islam,” says the author.
“Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia account for more than two-thirds of all refugees globally, with the remaining third coming from other countries. First and most importantly, Muslim countries are hosting the greatest number of refugees.”