In Karachi, the First Asian Islamic Conference opened on Thursday (6 July) with Pakistan calling for unity among Moslem countries to help ensure world peace.
In Karachi, the First Asian Islamic Conference opened on Thursday (6 July) with Pakistan calling for unity among Moslem countries to help ensure world peace. Pakistan's Chief Martial Law Administrator, General Zia-ul-Haq, told the conference that Moslems would one day regain their lost glory and provide leadership to the entire world.
SYNOPSIS: General Zia was one of the speakers at the inaugural session, attended by 165 delegates from 29 states. The conference is the fourth in a series organised on a continental basis by the Mecca-based Moslem World League. Earlier conferences were held in Europe, North America and Africa. Commenting on what he described as the usurpation of the legitimate rights of Moslems in Palestine and Kashmir, General Zia said that united Islam would rectify the situation. He maintained that the Indian sub-continent would not see stable peace until the problem of the disputed territory of Kashmir was solved by United Nations resolutions. Kashmir is presently divided between India and Pakistan.
General Zia added that Pakistan stood for the unconditional evacuation of Arab territory occupied by Israel. He said that the atmosphere of tension in the Middle East wouldn't end until this occurred.
General Zia said, it was of vital, importance that all Islamic countries be represented on one platform, and practical measures should be considered to promote mutual co-operation among them. He stated that many positive steps in this direction had already been taken, but these were of a preliminary nature.