Pakistani Home Minister warns opposition against disrupting OIC conference

Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Sunday warned opposition leaders not to disrupt the OIC meeting here as he branded it a national security issue, amid the threat of the opposition to block the high-level conference.

“I declare here that no one can dare to create any obstacle to the holding of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference because it is a security issue of Pakistan,” Rashid told a press conference.

The minister said that up to 15,000 security personnel from the police and paramilitary forces would be deployed to provide security for delegates from Muslim countries coming to attend the conference.

The two-day event in Parliament will bring together representatives from more than 50 countries.

“Those who are to attend the conference are our guests and the Pakistani army has taken responsibility for their security,” he said earlier, adding that the government would “deal” easily with the opposition. and that no one could dare to create an obstacle in the way of encounter.

Initially, the opposition had threatened to stage a sit-in if the National Assembly session was not convened in time to pass a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, the joint opposition toned down its stance on Sunday by stressing that political unrest in Pakistan will in no way be allowed to affect the event.

“The opposition pledges to do everything possible to create an atmosphere in which distinguished guests can carry out their activities with full attention, dedication and determination,” said a joint statement issued by the parties. ‘opposition.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Sunday announced the convening of the Assembly session on March 25 to consider the motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Khan.

Around 100 MPs from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) tabled the motion of censure before the secretariat of the National Assembly on March 8, alleging that the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) led by Prime Minister Khan was responsible for the economic crisis and soaring inflation in the country.

The threat by opposition leaders to disrupt the OIC meeting has caused panic among ambassadors from Muslim countries based in Islamabad, according to Rashid.

“I received calls from at least 22 ambassadors and told everyone that no matter what, the conference would be held as planned,” he said during the press conference.

The OIC is a 57-member group from Muslim-majority nations, including Pakistan.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said the OIC session will coincide with the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day.

The 48th OIC-CFM Summit will be held on March 22-23 under the theme: “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice and Development”.

Betty K. Park