Abdullah urges OIC to counter extremist narrative
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said “the menace of terrorism cannot be defeated unless the Muslim countries act as a united front to counter the extremist narrative.
Addressing the `13th Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) summit in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday, Abdullah said the Muslim countries needed to prevent distortion of Islam and invest heavily in the provision of social and economic facilities and opportunities for the Muslim youth.
He urged the OIC to strengthen the voices that spoke for the true teachings and traditions of Islam and deny extremists any opportunities, including financial and ideological support, to brainwash the youth.
He suggested discontinuation of instrumentalization of terrorism and extremism in the name of Islam as a policy tool and joint efforts to minimize negative state rivalries and maximize focus on addressing violent extremism and terrorism.
The CEO stressed strengthening the hand of the OIC through effective reforms to overcome the current and emerging challenges the Muslims faced.
He said the primary victims of the ongoing terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam were ordinary Muslims, including men, women, and children in Muslim countries from Afghanistan to Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and others.
“Just this week, in Afghanistan, we lost many of our innocent people to terrorist attacks as part of an ongoing terror campaign, which has been imposed on our country for the last two decades.”
Abdullah called on OIC member states to come together for ending the suffering of Muslim victims of terrorism everywhere.
In his closing speech at conference, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Muslims should be able to solve their own problems without resorting to outside assistance.
"Why are we expecting others to solve the problems of Muslims? We should be able to solve our own problems. The OIC shall be there for eventual purpose."
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