Pakistan miffed over Bangladesh's call to make India observer to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Pakistan blocked India’s original request to join on the ground that the membership rules stipulate that an aspiring member cannot have a conflict with an existing member.

Published: 08th May 2018 05:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2018 05:58 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Bangladesh’s call to induct India and other nations with large Muslim populations as observers to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has drawn a sharp retort from Pakistan. 

Although India has over 10 per cent of the world’s Muslim population, Pakistan blocked India’s original request to join on the ground that the membership rules stipulate that an aspiring member cannot have a conflict with an existing member. Pakistan also uses the platform to try and internationalise the Kashmir issue, without much success.

After the 45th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday, Bangladesh’s minister of state for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said a proposal to include India as an observer was made as part of reforming the organisation.

“India is a big country with a huge Muslim population which is bigger than the total population of several Muslim countries,” he said.

In a statement on Sunday evening, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry pointed out that “just before conclusion of the Conference, the host country circulated text of Dhaka Declaration. It only reflected the views of the host country.” 


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  • sen singh

    India has 3rd largest muslim population---Lebanon has 45% Christian population -- one third of Sudan had Christian population--Nigeria a third of Nigerians are Christians---Except India all others are members of OIC-- which has 22 nations from a country to kingdoms and fiefdoms--India has credible relations with all muslim nations except Pakistan and Bangladeshis should know this as what happened in 1971 ! Kudos to Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh for supporting India ! Joy Bangla .
    3 years ago reply
    • Shannon Tamiz

      Well put Sen Singh brother, when is all this tit for tat disputes gonna end lol. I was born in London to parents from Bangladesh and all I say is we were all one before the British tore us apart, especially when the lines of divisions were drawn when the idiot doing it was drunk and p****d off with an Indian politician apparently because his wife was having an affair with him! It’s true bro, look it up. The division line in Ambala I think is the one he knowingly cut right down the middle so a massive fight takes place between Hindus and Muslims. Before that, we all lived in relative peace.
      3 years ago reply
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