Pakistan joins OIC in observing ‘International Day to Combat
Islamophobia’

ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has been
the leading international voice in raising awareness on the grave
consequences of rising systematic Islamophobia and in promoting
inter-faith harmony.
In a statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez
Chaudhri on Monday, in line with his vision, Pakistan presented a
Resolution to designate 15 March as the ‘International Day to Combat
Islamophobia’ at the 47th Session of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), held in Niamey,
Niger, on 27-28 November 2020. The Resolution was unanimously
adopted by the CFM. The OIC is now working with the international
community to commemorate this Day at the global level.
The OIC’s unanimous support for the designation of this Day is a
reflection of the sentiments of billions of Muslims around the world.
Pakistan, today, joins members of the OIC in observing for the first
time the ‘International Day to Combat Islamophobia.’ Marking this
occasion, the OIC Group will hold a High-Level Event in New York on
17 March 2021.
The scourge of Islamophobia, fuelled by populism, hate speech, and
lack of knowledge and disinformation, is causing unimaginable
suffering to Muslim minorities around the world. Islamophobia has
taken many forms including inter alia negative profiling, mob lynchings
by cow vigilantes, discriminatory laws, attacks on women for wearing
hijabs, ban on minarets, negative propaganda and disinformation
campaigns, manifestos of far-right parties, deliberate vandalism of
Islamic symbols and holy sites, and attempts to link and equate Islam
with terrorism. Such acts imperil our shared aspirations for a peaceful
world and harmonious future for all.

Pakistan has always supported and continues to lead international
efforts for building bridges between cultures and civilizations. Through
the observance of this Day, we want to build better understanding of
Islam and Islamic precepts. We intend to send a message of
international solidarity and cooperation. We remain determined to
promote values of peaceful co-existence as well as inter-faith and
cultural harmony.

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