FM Qureshi urges UN to designate International Day for Prevention of Anti-Islamic Propaganda

According to a report by Baaghi TV, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has urged the United Nations (UN) to set an international day to curb anti-Islamic propaganda.

Addressing the annual high-level meeting of the UNOC Friends Group, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “I pay tribute to the Alliance of Civilizations and its two main drivers, Turkey and Spain, who held this ceremony.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the biggest contradiction in today’s world is that globalization has brought people closer and on the other hand it has also created divisions and divisions within societies.

In this context, the ‘Alliance of Civilizations’ was formed fifteen years ago to promote mutual respect between different cultures and religious beliefs and to create a platform that overcomes prejudice and eliminates division.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that although the alliance has done a commendable job in recent years, its responsibilities have doubled. Voices of “clash of civilizations” are still echoing. We are witnessing an increase in intolerance, discrimination, racism, hate speech and violence based on religious beliefs in the world.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that inciting and defaming racism on the basis of Corona’s fear was a manifestation of the depth of the challenge. Negative religious stereotypes have exacerbated the suffering of people already troubled by the Corona pandemic in many places, including our region.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that on the one hand gaining popularity among the people and on the other hand using social media platforms free from limitations to spread offensive content seems to exacerbate the problem. Freedom of expression does not allow the heart to be shown and used to insult others. Of greatest concern is the state’s sponsorship of violence based on religious beliefs.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that today hatred and aversion to Islam is undoubtedly part of the manifesto of the far right-wing and fascist parties who are demanding the expulsion of Muslims, giving political colour to hijab. They target people in name, desecrate and burn the Qur’an, desecrate Islamic holy places and symbols, and in the name of freedom of expression, provoke and spread, and deliberately use insulting images and Hold competitions. When Muslims are insulted by Islam and its Prophet, it is necessary to appreciate how much pain and suffering it causes to Muslims and to show solidarity with Muslims in this regard.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that as a member of the Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations group and in the light of the vision of our founders, Pakistan is committed to promoting religious tolerance, harmony and cooperation inside and outside the country. Is committed to Recently, by opening the Kartarpur Corridor, the largest Gurdwara in the world, Pakistan has demonstrated its determination to provide easy access to this holy place to the Sikh brothers in the neighbouring country and around the world. So that they can perform their religious rites.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi further said that Pakistan has demanded that the measures of intentional provocation and anger inciting hatred and violence be declared internationally illegal. The UN General Assembly should declare “World Day Against Islamophobia” and form a counter-alliance to eradicate this monster. Bridges must be built, not burned, to promote the “unity of civilizations.” Respect each other’s religious beliefs and religions, not insult them; Promote contacts in a constructive manner, not target isolation and alienation. Let us work together to build a peaceful world where different civilizations and cultures can live together on the basis of coexistence, peace and mutual respect.

 

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