Foreign Secretary Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday he would hold the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Corporation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi as a gesture of protest against the invitation to attend his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
He reported on his decision during a joint parliamentary session today.
The UAE leadership invited the Indian Foreign Minister to attend the meeting as an observer for the first time in almost 50 years.
The move disillusioned Pakistan, which is a founding member of the Organization.
Pakistan maintained its position that India should not be invited, as the agenda of the meeting was the atrocities of the Indians in occupied Kashmir. Having an Indian observer is nothing more than an insult to the cause.
The minister said the meeting of the OIC will be held in Abu Dhabi today.
“I asked the UAE to postpone the meeting, or the agency should review its decision to invite India,” he said. “India is not a member or an observer,” the minister said.
Pakistan has further strengthened its position after recent escalations on the border.
The call to boycott the OCI meeting comes first from the opposition seats during a parliamentary session on Wednesday, and the government has heard.
“I was informed,” the minister said, “that the invitation to India has been extended before the Pulwama incident.”
He also informed the house that he had contacted the UN Secretary-General, Turks, Russians and diplomats from other countries and that he received a positive response.