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Timely call for Islamic summit

Publication Date : 24-07-2012


The call by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, for an emergency Islamic summit in Mekah on August 14-15 to address major issues facing the Islamic world couldn't come at a right time.

The Muslim world is facing serious challenges which require unanimity and urgency. The ongoing cycle of violence in Syria is showing no signs of abating even in the holy month of Ramadhan. The civilian deaths are mounting by the day and thousands of others have been forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries of Turkey and Lebanon.

The situation of Rohingyas in Myanmar is also no better. Described by the UN as one of the world's most persecuted minorities, the Rohingyas are facing a catalogue of discrimination in their homeland while thousands are languishing as refugees in Thailand and Bangladesh.

The alarming situation in Syria and Myanmar demands urgent intervention on the part of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to protect the civilian lives in Syria and Myanmar.

The problem of Syria has become even more complicated because of the tug-of-war between two power blocs. Various UN missions too have failed to improve the situation. This makes it imperative for the OIC to intervene immediately otherwise there is a possibility that Syria may also go the Iraq way given its sectarian and ethnic divisions.

With regard to the problems faced by the Rohingyas, many human rights organizations have appealed to Myanmar's opposition leader Aung Sung Suu Kyi and the international community but it has made no positive impact on the conditions of Rohingyas.

In this backdrop, the Islamic summit called by King Abdullah assumes great significance. All heads of state of the OIC countries must attend the summit and chalk out a concrete strategy to tackle these two pressing issues.


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