Riyadh: To form an alternative organisation of the Islamic countries, Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Malaysia held the ‘Kuala Lumpur Summit’ and claimed the organisation would not challenge the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC). However, Saudi Arabia, which leads the OIC, considers the new organisation a threat to the OIC. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the General Secretary of the OIC, cautioned that forming such new groups were not in the interest of the Islamic countries.
Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Malaysia had indirectly targeted the OIC at the Kuala Lumpur Summit held in Malaysia. The countries alleged that the organisation had failed to unite the Islamic countries and provide them with the required leadership, but Saudi appears to have taken serious cognisance of it. OIC General Secretary Yousef Al-Othaimeen criticised the summit and said that forming such groups and holding meetings only amounted to weakening the OIC.
‘The OIC is the only organisation representing the Islamic world, and challenging it is believed to be an effort to weaken the composition of the Islamic nations. Therefore, it is not in the interest of the Islamic religion’, Al-Othaimeen warned. After the OIC adopted a firm stand on the matter, the leadership dispute among the Islamic countries seems to have resurfaced. Furthermore, Saudi had warned Pakistan, one of the organisers of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, not to participate in it. Prime Minister Imran Khan is thus said to have abstained from the conference.
Turkish President Erdogan openly blamed Saudi and expressed displeasure over the absence of Pakistan Prime Minister, at the summit. Saudi had threatened Pakistan of withdrawing financial aid and concessions on oil. Additionally, Pakistani analysts argue that Saudi had even threatened to replace millions of Pakistani workers employed in Saudi with Bangladeshi workers.
Pakistan Prime Minister was cautioned, and he, therefore, decided to abstain from the Kuala Lumpur Summit. The analysts thus expressed regret over the incident proving to the world that Pakistani policies were not sovereign, and the country operated under instructions of another country. Moreover, they have questioned the country’s Prime Minister that ‘If he did not have the courage to take a tough stance, why did Imran Khan take the initiative for the Kuala Lumpur Summit?’
The exposure of Saudi’s pressure on Pakistan only confirmed Saudi had taken the efforts of Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Malaysia, to form a separate group very seriously. Saudi is expected to most likely initiate steps soon to teach a lesson to Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Malaysia, which are posing a challenge to his leadership.