ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Istanbul on Friday to lead the Pakistan delegation at the 7th Extraordinary OIC Summit being hosted by Turkey, to discuss the grave situation in the aftermath of blatant human rights violations by the occupying forces in the state of Palestine.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan and senior officials accompanied the Prime Minister.
The Summit will focus on the latest incidents of violence in the Gaza strip where over 60 civilians have been mercilessly killed by the occupying Israeli forces and scores of others have sustained injuries including women, children and the elderly.
Pakistan has called for an independent and transparent investigation of violence in Gaza.
While condemning the human rights violations by the occupying Israeli forces, Prime Minister Abbasi will reiterate the support of the people and Government of Pakistan for the establishment of a viable, independent and the contiguous state of Palestine.
Earlier, an emergency meeting of the OIC was called in Istanbul by the Turkish president to discuss a joint action against Israel in the wake of recent killings of Palestinians in Gaza.
A large number of heads of state and government were also invited to participate in the summit.