Urging the heads of states and governments to support Pakistan in appealing all the groups in Afghanistan to join the reconciliation and peace, President Asif Ali Zardari said termed peace vital for prosperity in the region.

While addressing the fourth Islamic summit in Makkah, the president said Islamabad had been seriously affected the unrest in the neighboring country of Afghanistan.

He reiterated Pakistan’s assistance to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, saying peace and stability in the region was vital for the prosperity of the two countries as well as the entire world.

President Zardari commented on other issues of major concern to the Muslim world‚ saying that Muslim communities in different parts of the world continued to suffer denial of their human rights.

Highlighting the issue of Kashmir, he reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

He was quite optimistic that Islamabad’s engagement with New Delhi would b result-oriented and purposeful.

He noted, “Pakistan fully support the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state. Unity and solidarity of Muslim Ummah was critical to achieving success and the Muslim world must use their collective strength to defend just Islamic causes”.

President Zardari also urged the leaders of Muslim states to evolve a mechanism for developing a collective response to the challenges before the Muslim communities.

He also called for putting an immediate end to the bloodshed in Syria, saying Pakistan was deeply pained to see Syria bleed.

“Pakistan desired that Syria must forge its own destiny in accordance with the aspirations of its people and we must respect Syria’s sovereignty‚ unity and territorial integrity”.

The president voiced concerns over the killing of Muslims in Myanmar‚ saying he has addressed a personal letter to the President of Myanmar urging him to take necessary steps to end the bloodshed.

He said that the OIC should continue to have leverage with Syria. The President also appealed to all sides in Syria to declare ceasefire during Eid-ul-Fitr.

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