Pakistan’s Khan urges Islamic nations to mediate in Ukraine war | Russia-Ukraine war News

Pakistani chief asks Muslim-majority nations to assist finish Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, interesting additionally to China to hitch the trouble.

Pakistan’s prime minister has urged overseas ministers from Muslim-majority nations to assist finish Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, interesting additionally to China’s high diplomat to hitch the trouble.

Imran Khan spoke on Tuesday at first of a two-day gathering in Islamabad of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which for the primary time noticed the attendance of China’s overseas minister, Wang Yi, as a particular visitor.

The struggle in Ukraine “may have nice penalties for the world,” Khan warned and added that the remainder of the planet is “already struggling” with surging costs of oil, fuel and wheat from a area referred to as the breadbasket of the world.

He urged the ministers to “mediate, attempt to carry a couple of ceasefire and an finish to the battle”.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan
Khan, centre, attends the extraordinary session of OIC Council of International Ministers in Islamabad [Rahmat Gul/AP]

The OIC assembly in Islamabad has an formidable agenda that seeks approval for greater than 100 declarations, together with assist for financially strapped Afghanistan and assist for the Palestinians, and the individuals dwelling within the disputed area of Kashmir.

“We have now failed each the Palestinians and the individuals of Kashmir. I’m unhappy to say that we’ve been in a position to make no influence in any respect,” he mentioned.

“We (Muslims) are 1.5 billion individuals and but our voice to cease this blatant injustice is insignificant.”

Khan has tried to place himself on the worldwide stage, however his insistence on persevering with with a go to to Moscow final month as Russian troops invaded Ukraine perplexed even his most ardent admirers.

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He was additionally one of many few world leaders to attend the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics when others boycotted in protest at China’s human rights file.

Nonetheless, Wang’s attendance on the OIC convention underscored China’s growing affect amongst OIC nations – in addition to the Islamic organisation’s readiness to miss costs of widespread assaults by Chinese language authorities on the nation’s minority Muslim Uighurs.

Khan, who has made preventing Islamophobia a high precedence, has refused to sentence China over allegations of abuse towards the Uighurs. Pakistan has signed a multi-billion greenback highway and power challenge that may link its Arabian Sea port of Gwadar to China within the north.

In his speech on the convention, the Chinese language overseas minister mentioned China helps Russia and Ukraine persevering with peace talks for the sake of a ceasefire, an finish to the struggle and peace.

“We have to stop humanitarian disasters and stop the spillover of the Ukrainian disaster from affecting or harming the reliable rights and pursuits of different areas and nations,” he mentioned.

Wang mentioned after the outbreak of coronavirus, Beijing offered 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines and a considerable amount of provides to battle the virus to 50 Islamic nations.

Later, Wang met with Khan, based on a authorities assertion.

It mentioned the “two sides mentioned the scenario in Ukraine and reiterated the crucial want for a direct cessation of hostilities and continued efforts for an answer by means of sustained dialogue and diplomacy”.

Pakistan’s International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met individually together with his Chinese language counterpart, the ministry mentioned. The 2 “mentioned the scenario in Ukraine and reiterated the necessity for an answer by means of sustained dialogue and diplomacy,” it mentioned.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program on the US-based Wilson Heart, tweeted that it was “slightly ironic” to see Wang on the convention.

“It’s additionally a reminder of the excessive worth that the OIC states place on their industrial relations with Beijing,” Kugelman mentioned.

Khan has lengthy campaigned towards rising anti-Muslim sentiment, and takes credit score for the United Nations transfer final week to undertake an Worldwide Day to Fight Islamophobia.

Khan is internet hosting the OIC convention while scrambling to battle a no-confidence vote within the Nationwide Meeting as early as subsequent week, with the opposition accusing him of mismanaging the economic system and overseas coverage.

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