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Thursday, August 20, 2009

21st Conference of Foreign Ministers of Islamic Countries.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference was established when the Heads of Islamic States met for the first time in Rabat in 1969 in the wake of the sacrilegious act of burning of Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in August, 1969. The leaders participating in that Summit expressed their conviction that their common creed constituted a powerful factor bringing their people closer together and fostering understanding between them. They declared that their Governments would consult each other with a view to promoting among them close co-operation and mutual assistance in the economic, cultural and spiritual fields, inspired by the immortal teachings of Islam.
The area of work of the Organization of Islamic Conference extends to all aspects of co-operation among one billion Muslims, all around the world. In over two decades of its existence, the Islamic Conference has been able to establish close co-operation among member states in the political, economic and cultural fields and has set up institutions which would foster such co-operation.
Pakistan has been playing a very active and constructive role in the affairs of the Islamic Conference. The 2nd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers was held at Karachi in December 1970 and in 1974, it had the honour to host the 2nd Islamic Summit at Lahore. The First Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs was also held at Karachi in January 1977 and in 1980 it hosted the Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference as well as the regular Session of the 11th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.
The 21St Conference of Foreign Ministers of Islamic Countries is being held in Karachi from 25 to 29 April, 1993. The agenda of the Conference includes a number of items of great political significance to the Islamic world and relating to the co-operation among Islamic countries in the economic, social and culture fields. These issues include Middle East, Palestine, Bosnia Herzegovina, Jammu & Kashmir dispute, Afghanistan, destruction of the Babri Mosque as well as collective security of the Islamic Ummah.
(Contributed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad)
To commemorate the 21St Conference of Foreign Ministers of Islamic Countries being held at Karachi from 25 to 29th April, 1993, Pakistan Postal Services Corporation is issuing a set of two commemorative postage stamps of Re. 1/- and Rs. 6/- denomination on the inaugural day of the Conference on April 25, 1993.