Time to replace OIC
Ali Sukhanver


Among all those present at the D-8 summit, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, the President of Nigeria was no doubt the most vibrant, most lively and the most energetic leader whose presence added a new colour of hope and optimism to the D8 summit at Islamabad in the last week of this November.

The objectives of the D8 organization include promoting trade and economic cooperation amongst its members, improving member statesí position in the global economy, diversifying and creating new avenues for them in international trade relations, enhancing their participation in decision-making at the global level, and improving the standards of living of people in the eight member-countries. Different political analyst in Pakistan are of the view that the D-8 has all guts to replace OIC, which has proved itself a blob of shame on the face of the Muslim community because of its inactive , dormant and sluggish role. The main aim of Organization of Islamic Conference was to bind the member countries under the one umbrella in order to solve the entire problems. With its 57 member counties, OIC is still the second largest organization after the UN. Though its objective was to preserve Islamic social and economics values and promote trade and bilateral cooperation among the member countries but it could do nothing but hold meetings on regular basis. If the OIC were serious in resolving the issues which are undermining the whole of Muslim countries, it could have concentrated upon only one issue, i.e., the menace of terrorism. Terrorism is like a wildfire; it never stays where it starts from. The wildfire of terrorism which once started from Afghanistan has now completely enwrapped the once peaceful and prosperous society of Pakistan and certainly silently but rapidly it would engulf the whole of Muslim world.

What to talk of economic values and promotion of trade and bilateral cooperation, the OIC has not been courageous in taking even the initial steps necessary for crushing down the menace of terrorism. The role of OIC has ever been that of a deaf and dumb observer. It always remained criminally silent. Be it Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Tunis, Libya or Pakistan, one always finds the OIC in a state of oblivion. Even today when Israel is playing with the lives of innocent Palestinians by brutally slaughtering helpless women and children, the OIC appears nowhere on the scene. The Muslim world does not need such a pathetic and lethargic organization which claims to be the representative of 57 Muslim countries.

The only sad aspect of the summit of the Developing-8 was that it was not attended by the prime minister of Bangladesh Mrs.Haseena Wajid. According to the media reports she had formally informed the Pakistani government through the Bangladeshi foreign office that she would not be attending the summit. The media reports are connecting her regret to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moniís demand for a formal apology from Pakistan for the alleged genocide and atrocities committed by Pak army during the 1971 Liberation War.

This demand was made when Pakistanís foreign minister Hina Rabbani Kharís was on her visit to Bangladesh in the second week of November. Replying to this demand, Hina Rabbani had said, ďSince 1974, Pakistan in many occasions have already regretted for the 1971. Itís time to look forward for the progress of the two nations.Ē Whatever be the situation, Pakistan and Bangladesh are two brother countries. They have so many things in common which would never let them get detached. The member countries of the D-8 must play their role in bringing these two countries closer. Efforts done with sincerity and a strong will always bear fruit and the reason for failure of OIC is that it lacks both these precious traits; the will and sincerity.