By Maryam Farooq Nisar
FIFTY-TWO countries have signed in for their partaking in the Islamic Conference at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from Dec 18 to 21, 2019.
The purpose of the conference is to strive for elucidations to problems distressing the Muslim world. The conference was expected at resolving encounters faced by the Islamic world along with confronting Islamophobia.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is of the view that the conference will brace unity and harmony among the Muslim world and act as a platform in arriving at solutions to emend the lives of Muslims all over the world.
The distress, bigotry or animosity against the religion Islam is a great source of growing terrorism and tension, paving way for an emergent geopolitical force. Unless elucidated at the earliest, this can become really challenging.
Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, had all plans to attend the conference initially but pulled out at the eleventh hour, in what can be seen as a move to appease its close confederate, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has voiced reservations amid the participation of leaders from the three rival countries. It is assumed that Saudi Arabia’s refusal to participate in the Kaula Lumpur conference is based on many speculations, the vital being that such meetings should be held under the umbrella of Organization of Islamic Conference, keeping on board all the member countries, instead of a handful.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia is of the view that issues pertaining to the Muslim World should not be conversed by just two or three countries, but by the OIC at large. The continuing Yemeni civil war, with Saudi Arabia aligning with one party and Iran with the other, can also be regarded as one of the reasons of the former boycotting this conference.
However, Malaysian Premier negating this false claim stressed on the fact that nothing in the KL Conference is being done in rivalry to the agenda of the OIC. He added that ceaseless wars have resulted in widespread corruption, and unscrupulous governance, paving way for terrorism in the Muslim world.
According to him, such anti-Islamic propaganda has emerged out of discord and fragility among the Muslim bloc.
PM Khan which had initiated this conference must learn a diplomatic message and should take all concerned back home and abroad before in such foreign policy matters.