OIC unified Muslim world, protected its interests — Firdous Awan

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan speaks to Arab News Pakistan in an interview, on Wednesday. (AN Photo)
Short Url
Updated 18 December 2019

OIC unified Muslim world, protected its interests — Firdous Awan

  • Says a strong OIC will further amplify Muslim voices around the world
  • Saudi crown prince has spoken up for the innocent people in Kashmir, Palestine

ISLAMABAD: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has played an effective role in unifying the Muslim world and protecting its interests, said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan on Wednesday.

“It is the OIC mandate to unify and protect the interests of the Muslim world,” she told Arab News in an interview in Islamabad, “and the OIC has played that role at regional and international level.”

“The world has become a global village,” she continued. “The Muslim world requires improved connectivity and all OIC member states must play their role for that purpose to further empower and strengthen the intergovernmental organization.”

Awan said all Muslim states had an equally important role in the OIC, adding that they should sit together since “a strong OIC will strengthen the voice of the whole Muslim world which will echo everywhere.”

Asked about the Kuala Lumpur summit, she said the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had clarified it was not an effort to create a substitute forum for the Islamic world.

“This summit began as a non-governmental platform and it was the personal initiative of the Malaysian PM to improve regional connectivity. The summit previously convened four times before, but it cannot be called a Muslim world summit or parallel the OIC,” the minister explained.

Awan said Saudi Arabia had always helped Pakistan deal with economic challenges. She also applauded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a visionary leader and champion of women's rights who had changed the perception of his country around the world.

“He is a bright star of the Muslim world and the ummah has many expectations of him,” she said. “He has emerged as a young, dynamic, enlightened, moderate and progressive leader of the Muslim world.”

Awan said the Saudi leader had raised his voice for the innocent people of Kashmir and Palestine.

“The people of Pakistan consider him as their country’s ambassador in Saudi Arabia,” she added.


Hilarity ensues on social media as Indians peddle misinformation of ‘civil war’ in Pakistan

Updated 9 min 55 sec ago

Hilarity ensues on social media as Indians peddle misinformation of ‘civil war’ in Pakistan

  • Indian mainstream and social media claimed this week a civil war had broken out in the Pakistani port city of Karachi
  • Pakistanis turn to humor and memes to poke fun at Indians spreading the misinformation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan social media users this week mocked Indian media and Twitter users after misinformation widely circulated on Indian mainstream and social media claiming a civil war had broken out in the Pakistani city of Karachi. 

On Wednesday, several Indian news outlets including India Today, Zee News, CNN18 and India.com reported a “civil war-like situation,” a day after an inquiry was ordered by army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of opposition leader Mohammad Safdar in Karachi. Many Indians also took to Twitter to spread the ‘fake news.’

Pakistanis turned to the Internet to debunk the rumors and to poke fun at media and social media users in India, a bitter rival and neighbor with whom Pakistan has fought three wars.

Twitter user Taimoor Zamoon posted a video of a toy helicopter landing on a street with the caption:

“Breaking News: Latest Video of Pakistan Army Helicopter Landing on a Road during a clash with Sindh Police at Gulshan-e-Bagh in Karachi.”

One user posted a funny photo and joked that citizens had now joined the civil war and were fighting the Pakistan army:

Cultural critic and author Nadeem F Paracha posted: “Breaking News: After civil war in Karachi, Godzilla attacks Lahore. Source: Indian news channels.”

Other users described life under civil war:

“During the civil war in Karachi today I managed to get in a full day of work, got groceries, went to the gym, went to studio, went to see my girlfriend,” Faisal Rafi wrote. “The civil war was pretty chilled I must say.”

Writer Bina Shah wrote: “I live in Karachi, where I just did my groceries, visited the bakery, bought some clothes and came home. If there’s a civil war out there I couldn’t find it.”

Singer and actor Fakhr-e-Alam tweeted: “Karachi civil war has gotten so bad that my food panda delivery boy had to crawl through mine fields carrying his AK47, RPG & 9mm along with my nihari and Biryani. This thing is getting so serious.”