Pakistan to host next OIC session in March: Qureshi

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Pakistan is gearing up to host the next Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting of foreign ministers on March 22 and 23, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday.

“March 23 parade for the first time in the history will see participation from a large number of foreign ministers of the Muslim world,” he said while speaking at the inauguration session of a two-day International Seminar on the theme of “Combating Corruption – A Prerequisite for the full enjoyment of all Human Rights and Sustainable Development”.

Sharing details of the upcoming session, the minister said the government is planning to take the foreign ministers to Nathiagali to show them the beauty of Pakistan.

Qureshi said that the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC, which was held in December, provided a ray of hope to the Afghan people. He hoped that the meeting scheduled for March will be meaningful as well.

During the ceremony, he presented an actionable way forward for the OIC group in curbing corruption and realising the human rights agenda through the creation of an inter-governmental committee, establishment of an OIC protocol, and mechanism for mutual legal assistance, reviewing unequal investment treaties, and formation of a global beneficial ownership registry.

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