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Angry over Sushma Swaraj’s invite, Pak decides not to attend OIC meet in Abu Dhabi

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 March 2019, 12:00 PM
Angry over Sushma Swaraj’s invite, Pakistan decides not to attend OIC meet in Abu Dhabi, announces Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Angry over Sushma Swaraj’s invite, Pakistan decides not to attend OIC meet in Abu Dhabi, announces Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Pakistan will boycott the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit to be held in Abu Dhabi later today, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced during the joint session of Pakistan Parliament on Friday. According to Geo News, Qureshi said that Pakistan was ‘forced’ to take the decision after “organisation's failure to rescind invitation to Indian FM Swaraj.”

Earlier, Qureshi on Wednesday had said that Pakistan will not attend a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) if Swaraj participates in it. Swaraj has been invited as "guest of honour" at the inaugural session of the foreign ministers' conclave in Abu Dhabi. "I have no reservations with OIC or any other Islamic country. “My reservations are with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's attendance at the OIC meeting," Geo news quoted Qureshi as saying.

"If Swaraj attends the meeting then I will not participate in it," Shah Mehmood Qureshi said. The OIC is a 57-member grouping of Muslim majority nations. 

United Arab Emirates had invited Swaraj to attend the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) States, set to take place in Abu Dhabi on 1-2 March — the first such invite in five decades.

Swaraj has been invited by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the UAE, to address the plenary. Welcoming the move, the statement said: “We see this invitation as the desire of the enlightened leadership of the UAE to go beyond our rapidly growing close bilateral ties and forge a true multifaceted partnership at the multilateral and international level."

India shot down Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 fighter jet after an airspace violation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector on Wednesday morning. The fighter jet was shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3 KM within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector, news agency ANI. The latest development comes amid reports of Pakistan violating airspace in the Rajouri district. According to news agency PTI, "The jets entered into Indian air space over Nowshera sector this morning." The Pakistani jet was immediately pushed back by Indian planes on air patrol but not before dropping bombs. Nowshera is a border town in Jammu.

While details of this retaliation are yet be ascertained by either the Indian Air Force or the Ministry of Defence, contrary claims are being made by the officials across the border. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson Pakistan armed forces, claimed that, “PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. “Another starling claim Maj Gen Ghafoor said that, “One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.”

First Published: Friday, March 01, 2019 11:43 AM
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