ISTANBUL: Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, representing Pakistan, unanimously elected co-chair of international Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
launched in Manila in September 2000, ICAPP presents over 300 political parties from 52 Asian countries countries. Its objectives are to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties from different countries in in region.
His name has been suggested by Thailand and Iran; and supported by China, Cambodia, Russia, Lebanon, Turkey and Indonesia before vote. Former foreign minister of South Korea, Chung Euiyong, was re-elected chairman of ICAPP.
Conference, held every two years, also published the “Istanbul Declaration”, in which he expressed his solidarity with victims of “Recent devastating floods in Pakistan of epic proportions” and urged “to alleviate the difficulties of people through climate finance and climate justice”.
Senator Sayed thanked participants for vacationer confidence in him and called his election “humiliating experience for me personally and great honour for Pakistan” to receive such recognition at an important global forum representing public opinion and political parties of in the world’s largest continent, Asia.
He named current era as a historical transformation for Asia as “balance of economic and political power shifts from west to east”, marking the “dawn of Asiatic century”, which he noted great visionary poet of East Muhammad Iqbal predicted 90 years ago, saying: “Look, the Sun rising in East!”
He said: “ICAPP is a continuation of Bandung spirit that started in 1955 with in first Afro-Asian Summit hosted through great Indonesian leader Dr. Sukarno in Indonesian city of Bandung.”
The senator said that “the time has come when Asian hands must shape Asian fate and future of Asia”. He talked about his early encounter with Asia when he was student goes to school in Jakarta while its father served as Pakistani first Defense Attache in Indonesia, and then his trips to China, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and other Asian countries. countries.
He also mentioned Pakistan’s close ties with Asia when Muhammad Ali Jinnah supported cause of Indonesian independence in [1945andPalestineissue[1945годиПалестинаissuein 1940 and admired the leadership of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk from Turkey.
He said that the formation of Indian National Army (INA) in Singapore in 1942 served as a catalyst for freedom struggle in South Asian subcontinent. Pakistanis also joined in solidarity with vietnamese people refusing join Korean War, although Islamabad participated in Bandung Conference 1955.
Senator Syed also cites various world leaders emphasize thatcurrent global the scenario is unpredictable, changeable and unstable”, noting that President Joe Biden calls it a “decisive decade”, President Putin of Russia says “This is the most dangerous decade since World War II,” says Chinese President Xi Jinping. of “once in a century transformative change in in world”.
In this context, he called on the Asians avoid Block politics and reject any new cold war. He also praised the actions of Turkish President Erdogan. role like “brave voice for Asian rights.