Addressing the inaugural session of the 48th Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Prime Minister Imran Khan brought up the issues of both Palestine and Kashmir and claimed that the Muslim world had failed both these people.
In his speech the prime minister stated, “We have failed both the Palestinians and the people of Kashmir. I am sad to say that we have been able to make no impact at all. The Western countries did not take the OIC seriously because we are a divided house, and those powers know it. We (Muslims) are 1.5 billion people and yet our voice to stop this blatant injustice is insignificant.”
The Prime Minister appears to have forgotten that foreign policy is based on national interest not on religion. It is China’s economic power not its Communist ideology that has made China what it is today. Similarly, it isn’t Christianity but American economic and military power that has led to its pre-eminence.
It is also sad that Khan cares more about Kashmiris and Palestinians than he does about the people of his own country – whether religious minorities – Ahmadi, Hindus, Christians, or Shias – or ethnic minorities – Sindhi, Muhajir, Baluch or Pashtun – all of whom have long suffered discrimination and challenges.
But then, Imran Khan has little knowledge about Pakistan and its history, let alone global politics and international relations.