Pakistan Observer

OIC rightly changes its name

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - THE Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), which serves as voice of about 1.5 billion Muslims, has changed its name and emblem within the framework of its new vision. But interestingly it will still remain the ‘OIC’ as ‘C’ for ‘Conference’ has been replaced with ‘C’ for ‘Cooperation’ and it would now be called ‘Organization of Islamic Cooperation’.

The announcement to this effect was made by Secretary General of the organization Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at the meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers in Kazakh capital Astana. The new name is indeed more reflective of the aims and objectives of the organization, which, at its first summit meeting in Rabat in 1969 decided that member states would hold talks and consultations together for better and close cooperation in the economic, cultural and spiritual fields, inspired by Islamic teachings. The body was supposed to represent feelings and aspirations of the Ummah and safeguard and promote its interests in an increasingly hostile atmosphere but regrettably it could not perform its duties and functions as per expectations of the Muslims living in different parts of the globe. Late religio-political leader Shah Ahmad Noorani’s remarks that it was “Oh I See” epitomized general feelings of the Ummah about the organization that represented their will. At the Makkah Summit in 2005, a group of ‘eminent persons’ which included Pakistan’s Mushahid Hussain Syed as well, was assigned the task of redoing the charter of the organization but even after six years the OIC is nowhere close to the required restructuring to turn it into a dynamic and effective entity. It is time that apart from change of nomenclature, the OIC takes concrete steps not only to safeguard political sovereignty of its member states but also promote economic cooperation at the strength of immense natural resources and human capital of the member countries.

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