Christchurch Massacre

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Marking the second anniversary of the March 15, 2019 terrorist attack, in Christchurch, New Zealand, which took the lives of 51 innocent Muslim worshippers the Muslim world pays tribute to the fallen martyrs and pledges the deep sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims. It is pertinent to mention that in the aftermaths of the incident the Muslims across the world have been proactive in undermining this growing menace. In account to this, Pakistan has emerged one of the leading actor to combat the growing menace of Islamophobia in recent years. It has taken various initiatives at domestic and international level to contain the growing anti-Muslim sentiments and also religious misperceptions. The Prime Minister voiced deep concern over growing religious abhorrence, ultra-nationalism and deteriorating global rigidities, factors that have accelerated ‘Islamophobia’, subsequently causing attacks against Muslims in many states of the world. It is pertinent to mention that Prime Minster Imran Khan vowed to sphere head the combating efforts for subverting the intolerance, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief against the Muslim community across the world. As the matter of fact, Pakistan at the 14th session of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Saudi Arabia June year 2019 echoed the voice that the Muslim leadership in any uncertain incident of a blasphemous stab against the Holy Prophet (PBUH), that always seems deficient, henceforth, it has to be collectively uplifted to create harmony and unity against the rising anti-Muslim propagations. At the culmination of the session, the Prime Minster Imran Khan also asked the members to foster an extensive collective Strategy OIC on Fighting against Islamophobia that would be implemented through adopting law and regulations.

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