Sushma Swaraj urged the OIC to act and stand together against terrorism.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation or OIC to “act together” to combat global terrorism amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan triggered by the Pulwama terror attack last month. Ms Swaraj had arrived in Abu Dhabi to attend the foreign ministers’ meet of the influential grouping of 57 countries on Thursday.
“If we want to save humanity, we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding shelter and funding to the terror organisations based in that country,” she said, without naming Pakistan.
“Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed,” she added.
It is for the first time that India has been invited to an OIC meeting as guest of honour. Pakistan, a member of the OIC, tried to get Ms Swaraj ”disinvited” from the Abu Dhabi meet following India’s air strike on a terror camp in Pakistan but its request was turned down.
Pakistan’s foreign minister has said he will skip the meeting of foreign ministers because the OIC had invited Ms Swaraj to the event.
“I will not go to the council of foreign ministers,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi told parliament, adding that lower ranking officials would attend to represent Pakistan’s interests.