Analysts consider it an honor and a privilege to hold the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Debate in Islamabad

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Analysts consider it an honor and a privilege to hold the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Debate in Islamabad

Shaukat Tarin (Minister of Finance): This is a very big project that will greatly benefit Pakistan. The new project company will be 50% owned by Barrick Gold, while the remaining 50% will be owned by Pakistan. This agreement is a great achievement for the country, especially Balochistan. Balochistan will benefit from this project for the next hundred years, including provincial taxes and royalties. Baluchistan has one of the largest gold reserves in the world.

Asim Iftikhar (Foreign Ministry Spokesman): Arrangements for the 48th Session of the Conference of OIC Foreign Ministers have been finalized. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has personally visited all sites to review the arrangements. It makes sense for a country like Pakistan to host this mega event as it has played an influential role in the OIC for decades promoting the causes of the Muslim Ummah. It is a demonstration of the great support and cooperation of the Islamic world towards Pakistan. We have a very strong attendance and over forty five ministerial and other high level delegations are traveling to Islamabad to attend the event. Important outstanding issues like Kashmir, Palestine will be at the top of the agenda of this meeting. We seek strong support from the OIC on the right to self-determination of Kashmiris. The situation in Afghanistan, in particular the humanitarian needs of Afghans, will also be discussed.

Najam us Saqib (former ambassador): The upcoming OIC Foreign Ministers Meeting is a very big achievement for Pakistan. It is a blow for all those who wanted to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. This comes at a time when a war is unfolding in Europe and tensions are simmering between Russia, China and the United States over various issues. It is an honor and a privilege for all Pakistanis to host this august event. Kashmir and Islamophobia will be high on the agenda of discussions apart from terrorism, Yemen, Afghanistan and other issues. The situation of minorities in India will also be discussed during the two-day conference. The current war between Russia and Ukraine will also be discussed and the debate could take a unified position on this issue.

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