ISLAMABAD - Pakistan would strive to build a broad based consensus over Syrian crisis at the two-day extraordinary meeting of 57-member OIC, convened by Saudi King Abdullah in Makkah on August 14 and 15, diplomatic sources said on Thursday.

Well-placed sources told TheNation that Pakistan, while maintaining neutrality over the turmoil in Syria, would rather strive to build a consensus, seeking to oppose foreign intervention in Syria and resolution of dispute through dialogue.

President Asif Ali Zardari, who would represent Pakistan in the crucial OIC meeting, will leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is planned to accompany him.

According to the sources, Islamabad has decided in principle that it would not support any move that leads to further destabilisation in Syria in particular and the region as whole, and would rather strive to evolve consensus among the OIC members.

Pakistan’s decision to stay neutral over the question of Syria following the complexities of the situation in order to ensure that OIC meeting turns out to be positive and constructive to agree on a consensus declaration.

Foreign Minister Hina returned tonight from Tehran where she had attended an important international consultative meeting hosted by Iran on Tehran hosts consultative meeting on Syria themed “Denouncing violence and upholding national dialogue”.