ISLAMABAD Much to the surprise of many OIC member countries that instead of President Asif Ali Zardari, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan represented Pakistan in the Commerce Economic Summit of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul on November 9. The summit hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul was also attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President of Iran Mehmood Ahmadinejad and OIC Secretary General Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Surprisingly, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan represented Pakistan in the summit instead of President or Prime Minister, who kept themselves away from participating in the high profile meeting for the reason to be known yet. Serious questions have arisen among many as why did the head of state ignore to attend a meeting of OIC that has been very much active in promoting Pakistans point of view over Kashmir since years. According to an OIC press release, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu participated in the working breakfast on Afghanistan hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Istanbul on the sidelines of the COMCEC Economic Summit on Monday (November 9). The OIC Secretary General said that the organisation had contributed a lot since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to the international efforts to help Afghanistan. He was of the view that military option was not a real solution to the issue. He affirmed the OICs readiness to help Afghanistan through social and economic development. Despite trying several times to get official version from spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he did not respond to this correspondent. He even did not reply to a text message dropped at his cell phone requesting him to return a call. When contacted, Spokesperson of the President Farhatullah Babar said, The representation of Pakistan was there, so it was not necessary for the President to attend the summit.