Pakistan’s PM welcomes UN resolution to combat Islamophobia — Analysis

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has praised the United Nations’ unanimous decision to designate March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.

He will be there Tuesday. postedA tweet was sent congratulating Muslims all over the globe, stating that they have finally spoken out against Islamophobia.

“Today UN has finally recognized the grave challenge confronting the world: of Islamophobia, respect for religious symbols and practices and of curtailing systematic hate speech and discrimination against Muslims. Next challenge is to ensure implementation of this landmark resolution,” Pakistan’s leader wrote.

The resolution, which was introduced by Islamabad and supported by 55 more predominantly Muslim countries, was approved by the UN General Assembly. The main purpose of the resolution is “to foster a global dialogue on the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based on respect for human rights and for the diversity of religions and beliefs,”The document is the guideline. 

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Although the document was adopted by consensus, the representative of India, T. S. Tirumurti, expressed concern that by recognizing just one ‘phobia’ the resolution may downplay the seriousness of violations regarding other religions. India’s envoy insisted that all other forms of hate should be combated too since Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists alike all suffer discrimination.

A gunman attacked Christchurch’s mosques on March 15, 2003, three years before. It killed 51 people, and left 40 others injured.

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