ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has warned that a nexus between the United States, Israel and India is emerging and the Muslim world needs unity to deal with this.
Leading a delegation of senators at the 13th session of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) in Iran, Rabbani said, “There is a changing world scenario in which a nexus among the US, Israeli and India is emerging and the Ummah [Muslim world] needs unity to deal with this because today it is Pakistan and Iran tomorrow it can be any other country.”
He said Pakistan strongly opposes US attempt to alter the legal and historical status of Al Quds Al Sharif and the move is a blatant violation of international law and United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions.
Rabbani said Pakistan condemns the decision to derail Middle East Peace Process in an already volatile and strife-stricken region.
“This move not only defies the rule of law and international norms but also reinforces the hegemonic and belligerent “might is right” policies in international politics.”
Rabbani, however, underscored the need to make both Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) more proactive in responding to challenges being faced by the Muslim world.
“We must resolve and rise above divisive conflicts be it sectarian, ideological or communal” he observed.
Pakistan has borne the brunt of the war on terror for over one and a half decade. Thousands of Pakistanis, military personnel, as well as civilians, have lost their lives and almost as many have been maimed and wounded, he maintained.
Rabbani added that Pakistan would continue to play a proactive role against this tide of extremism and anarchy.
He termed PUIC a step forward for increased mutually-beneficial integration within the Muslim world as it envisages the “strengthening of contacts, cooperation and coordination between the various Muslim countries’ parliamentary, governmental and non-governmental organisations, with the aim of advancing common objectives”.
Rabbani said we must admit that we haven’t yet fully exploited the huge potential for progress that the Muslim world collectively possesses and added that atrocities being perpetrated against Muslims in different parts of the world, particularly Palestine, Kashmir and Burma and unrest in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are a matter of grave concern and a collective challenge.
“We must not let a handful of extremists and transnational terrorists malign Islam for their vested interests,” he reiterated.