D-8 Commissioners Held a Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

D-8 Commissioners Held a Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

ISLAMABAD, Aug 17 (PID): A Special Session of the D-8 Commission, co-chaired by Turkey (as current chair) and Bangladesh (as incoming chair), was held virtually. The session was attended by D-8 Commissioners/Representatives and the D-8 Secretary General. Director General EC&OIC Tariq Karim participated in the meeting as Pakistan’s Commissioner for the D-8.

A special D-8 commission virtual session was held that was , co-chaired by Turkey (as current chair) and Bangladesh (as incoming chair).

It is pertinent to mention here that D-8 is an international organization with 8 members. These members are Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia and Nigeria. This organization believes in socio-economic development.

Pakistan is a founding member and key contributor to the D-8 activities. Other members include Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Turkey.

The session was attended by D-8 Commissioners/Representatives and the D-8 Secretary General. Director General EC&OIC Tariq Karim participated in the meeting as Pakistan’s D-8 Commissioner.

Secretary General Dato' Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari gave an update to the Member States on the activities and initiatives of the Secretariat. He informed about the steps taken by the Secretariat and D-8 Health and Social Protection programme office (D-8 HSP) in order to provide support and strengthen cooperation among Member States in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Secretary General also updated on the status of various D-8 projects/ initiatives.  

In his interventions, Pakistan’s D-8 Commissioner  Mr. Tariq Karim appreciated efforts to organize the Special Session of the D-8. Highlighting unprecedented global health and economic challenges posed by Covid-19, he stated that the “smart lockdown” policy and other measures taken by the government have led to a significant improvement in the pandemic situation in Pakistan with a notable reduction in new cases and fatality rate. He highlighted the Prime Minister’s major initiatives to combat the pandemic including $8 billion relief package for vulnerable groups; Ehsas Emergency Cash Program; and the “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries. He expressed Pakistan’s readiness to enhance international cooperation to combat the pandemic.

While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tariq Karim also apprised the participants of the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in the wake of year-long inhuman military siege, communication blackout, and egregious violations of human rights. He stated that despite widespread international condemnation, the Indian occupation forces continued to brutalize and disenfranchise the Kashmiris. He stressed the importance of the world community and brotherly nations taking steps to alleviate sufferings of the Kashmiri people and to promote the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.