ASTANA – President Mamnoon Hussain, in his first-ever visit to Kazakhstan, has called upon the Muslim world to acquire self-sufficiency in social and economic sectors, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.
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Addressing the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on science and technology in the capital of Kazakhstan, the Pakistani leader urged the Muslim countries to work collectively in order to meet the challenges of modern times .
Mamnoon, who is on a four-day official visit to the Kazakh capital, where heads of state and government from over 20 Muslim countries have gathered, said that the Muslim world has not accorded the attention to academics that it deserves.
The president is participating as the chairman of the OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technology, according to a Foreign Office (FO) handout.
Hussain also emphasised the need for leaders of the Muslim world to improve agricultural production and develop the agricultural technology sector.
He was of the view that it would be possible to focus on higher education and research in emerging areas of science and technology once there is a solid foundation of educated, skilled and healthy manpower.
President Hussain regretted that the Muslim world had failed to pay attention to the education sector for the past several centuries and highlighted the need for the Muslim bloc to be self-sufficient in the political and socio-economic sectors.
He stressed the need for unity among the Muslim world, terming it imperative for development, prosperity and a safe future for the new generation.
Participants at the summit are expected to adopt the Astana Declaration and the OIC Action Plan for the next 10 years, the FO said.
During his four-day stay in Astana, Hussain is due to hold a range of bilateral meetings with several heads of state, and will also attend an informal meeting of OIC leaders on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim minorities.
The occasion “will provide opportunities to review bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest”, the handout said.
The president will also interact with Pakistani scientists and intelligentsia based in Astana, the press release said.