Muslim world’s collective response is crucial to cope with covid-19 challenges: Gillani


Islamabad April 09 (Online): Opposition leader in Senate Yousaf Raza Gillani has termed covid-19 the biggest challenge the world has faced after the Second World War.
“We will not succeed in combating the effects of the pandemic except with cooperation and concrete steps, strengthening international mechanisms will enable a return to some degree of normality,”said the leader of opposition in the Senate.
Yousaf Raza Gillani while expressing his views at webinar titled as “Re-imagining a post-covid Islamic world”, hosted by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
ICESCO has continued to underscore the importance of anticipating and discussing the challenges that the Islamic world will face after Covid 19, and the need to expand the scope of cooperation and joint projects to find solutions and confront the effects of the pandemic.
Director-General of ICESCO Dr. Salim Malik welcomed the Guest of Honor, the former prime minister and the leader of opposition Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. Dr Salim appreciated Gillani’s thoughts, perspectives and recommendations for closer and deeper cooperation in the Islamic World.
In his remarks, Mr Gillani indicated that the Covid 19 pandemic is not only health crisis, as it has also impacted the social and economic lives of people all round the world.
He described the pandemic the biggest challenge the world has faced since the end of the Second World War. In his view, we will not succeed in confronting the effects of the pandemic on the Islamic world except with cooperation and concerted efforts, because strengthening international cooperation mechanisms will enable a return to some degree of normality.
After his remarks, The Director of the Department of Dialogue and Cultural Diversity Ambassador Khalid Fathal rahman and Dr. Sidra Tariq Jamil, Communications Expert of ICESCO appreciated PM Gillani’s vision and welcomed him to pursue collaboration with them.
This webinar also comprised illustrious speakers from all round the world, inter alia, including Prof John Esposito, Prof Mike Hardy, Prof Chris Alden, Prof Mustafa Izzuddin, Dr Michael Berry, Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University Dr Muhammad Ali, Prof Yahya Kamalipour, and Prof Fang Zhaohui.
Their invaluable contributions at this webinar will pave the way for greater cooperation and collaboration both within and beyond the Islamic world as we inch closer to entering the post-pandemic period.