Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi has proposed a six-point plan at United Nations to address faith-based hatred and Islamophobia. The plan was proposed at an event “Countering terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belie” at UN Headquarters.
The event was organized by Pakistan with Turkey, the Holy See and the United Nations to discuss this issue and help in charting a way forward. Other speakers also called for effective steps to counter the challenge posed by the growing phenomenon of faith-based hatred and violence so as to promote peaceful, inclusive and just societies around the world.
“A particularly alarming development is the rise of Islamophobia which represents the recent manifestation of the age-old hatred that spawned anti-Semitism, racism, apartheid and many other forms of discrimination,” the ambassador said in her speech.
She added, Prime Minister Imran Khan had repeatedly called for urgent action to counter Islamophobia at various forums. “We encourage the UN and other relevant organisations to address this issue.”
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20 September, 2019