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Iyad Madani visits Pakistan, express solidarity against terrorism

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Rabi-Al Awwal 1, 1436, 23 Dec 2014) In a gesture of compassion and solidarity, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan on 19 December 2014 to express his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Pakistan, especially the families of the victims of the horrific massacre that occurred at the school in Peshawar on 16 December.

The Secretary General met with H.E. the President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, and conveyed the wholehearted support of OIC with Pakistan, stressing that there could be no justification for such a barbaric act and that the perpetrators have betrayed their country, their religion, and their humanity. Madani said that extremism and terrorism are a cancer that we must extract.

President Hussain expressed his appreciation for sharing the grief. He called for a collective voice of the Muslim Ulama against terrorism and extremism.

The Secretary General also met with the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, and reiterated OIC’s support, emphasizing the need to go beyond declarations and statements and that Muslim leaders should look into the religious discourse, the motives, the socio-economic factors and the entities working behind the scene providing funding and other means of support to terrorist groups acting in the name of Islam.
Mr. Aziz agreed that there is a need for a counter narrative to what groups such as ISIL, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taleban are preaching and there should be a collective campaign.

The Secretary General and his accompanying delegation the following day went to Peshawar and visited some of the injured students and teachers who had survived the brutal attack that left 132 children, aged between 6 and 15, and 10 teachers dead. He spoke to them as they lay in their hospital beds getting treatment for their wounds ranging from broken arms and fractured heads to shattered faces and bullet wounds. In feeble but determined voices they described their shock and horror of what they saw happening in front of them and to them but also their wish to go back to school. Madani gave them words of encouragement and support.
The Secretary General then met the Governor of Peshawar and the Chief Minister and conveyed to them the willingness of OIC to help in any way.