West has done tremendous disservice to the Muslim world: Imran


Published: June 1, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the 14th OIC Summit in Makkah on Saturday and stressed upon the need to separate Islam from terrorism,
“The Western World has equated radical Islam with terrorism and this has done tremendous amount of disservice to the Muslim world. It has led to Islamophobia; the words radical Islam have been used to define terrorism,” said the prime minister while addressing the leaders of Muslim states present at the international moot.
The premier further said that the people of Kashmir must have the right to self-determination and the OIC must “stand against oppression happening with the Muslim world”.
He also stressed upon the importance quality education in the Muslim world. “This is the area in which the Muslim world lags. I fear the Muslim world may be left behind again and this is the best forum to raise this concern,” he added.
The premier also brought up the issue of Palestine, stating there must be a two-state solution and the annexation of Golan Heights must end.
King Salman on Saturday warned that “terrorist” attacks in the region could imperil global oil supplies.
“We confirm that terrorist actions not only target the kingdom and the Gulf region, but also target the safety of navigation and world oil supplies,” the king said.
King Salman has called on Gulf and Arab leaders to confront Iran’s “criminal acts” after sabotage attacks damaged four vessels, two of them Saudi oil tankers, in the Sea of Oman and twin Yemeni rebel drone attacks shut down a key Saudi oil pipeline.
The OIC meeting is the third and final summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, aimed at galvanising support among Arab and Islamic nations against arch-rival Iran.
Tehran, which has strongly denied involvement in any of the attacks, expressed disappointment that Riyadh plans to level the same “baseless accusations” at the summit of the 57-member OIC.
“Undermining the security of the kingdom effectively undermines the security of the Arab and Islamic world, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls for a position on the attacks on the kingdom” said OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed al-Othaimeen.