KARACHI – The largest Muslim organization, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has been encouraged by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to set up an emergency conference to bring attention to the dire situation in Turkey, where more than 45,000 people have died as a result of terrible earthquakes.
The premier demanded that the OIC convene as soon as possible to discuss a relief package for the Turkish people during his most recent conversation with the state-run news agency of Turkey.
As the dead toll from a recent earthquake that has been labeled as the worst contemporary disaster rose to 45,000 and hundreds of thousands of residential buildings were demolished, the Pakistani prime minister, who is in Turkey on a solidarity visit, continued to speak out.
He urged world leaders to support the recovery of the Turkish people and suggested that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation call a summit to fulfill its mandate.
He also issued a warning that a similar circumstance might develop elsewhere, forcing the international community to rise to the occasion with coordinated measures. He also praised the Turkish president for leading by example and for his team’s efforts.
He had hope in the courage of the Turkish people to turn the extensive devastation into a magnificent building. He reiterated Pakistan’s efforts during difficult times by describing Islamabad and Ankara as having “two souls and one heart.”