Pakistan’s PM urges UN to counter the rise of Islamophobia

2021-09-25 18:14:38
Pakistan’s PM urges UN to counter the rise of Islamophobia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for global efforts to counter the rising tide of Islamophobia, mitigate the surging coronavirus threat and a resolution to the lingering dispute in Kashmir.

Addressing the 76th session of the UN General Assembly session in New York through video link, Imran Khan described Islamophobia as a “pernicious phenomenon” that must be combatted collectively. He also spoke of a post-9/11 tendency for xenophobic and violent nationalists, as well as extremists and terrorist groups to target Muslims.

Against this backdrop, Pakistan’s Prime Minister called on the Secretary-General to convene a global dialogue on countering the rise of Islamophobia while simultaneously promoting interfaith harmony.

He underscored that “the worst and most pervasive form” of Islamophobia “now rules India” and said the “Hindutva ideology” being propagated by the current Government was unleashing “a reign of fear and violence” against India’s 200-million-strong Muslim community.

The Prime Minister maintained that “Pakistan desires peace with India, as with all its neighbors”, but sustainable peace is “contingent upon resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”.

He noted that Pakistan had “unveiled a detailed dossier on gross and systematic violations of human rights by the Indian Security Forces” in the region.

“The onus remains on India to create a conducive environment for meaningful and result-oriented engagement with Pakistan”, he said, which requires that Delhi reverse its unilateral and illegal measures instituted since 5 August 2019; ends its oppression and human rights violations against the people of Kashmir; and "reverses the demographic changes in the occupied territory."

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