Pakistan elected OIC body’s deputy chairman

Last Updated: Mar 12 2019 17:06

According to an official announcement, Pakistan has been elected deputy chairman of the PUIC's general body on the first day on Monday of its four-day conference being held in Rabat, Morocco reports Dawn news.

Kashmir Committee chairman Syed Fakkhar Imam is leading a four-member Pakistani delegation to the conference. Other members include Qasim Noon, Ahsan Iqbal and Naureen Farooq.

The PUIC is composed of parliaments of member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. It was established in Iran on June 17, 1999, with its head office situated in Tehran.

In a historic development, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the inaugural plenary of the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC in Abu Dhabi on March 1, which Pakistan decided to boycott.

Swaraj was the first Indian minister to address the OIC meeting, where she raised the issue of terrorism, amidst Indo-Pak tensions following the Pulwama terror attack.

“Terrorism is destroying lives, destabilizing regions and putting the world at great peril. Terror reach is growing and the toll it is taking is increasing,” Sushma said.