OIC firmly rejects any policies, statements, and practices that associate Islam with terrorism

Pakistan joins OIC in observing int’l day to combat Islamophobia


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan on Monday joined the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in observing the first-ever ‘International Day to Combat Islamophobia.’
Pakistan, in line with vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, had presented a resolution to designate March 15vas ‘International Day to Combat Islamophobia’, at the 47th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), held in Niamey, Niger, on 27-28 November 2020.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been the leading international voice in raising awareness on the grave consequences of rising systematic Islamophobia and in promoting inter-faith harmony.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the CFM. The OIC is now working with the international community to commemorate this Day at the global level.
The Foreign Office in a statement said the OIC’s unanimous support for the designation of this Day was a reflection of the sentiments of billions of Muslims around the world.
Marking this occasion, the OIC Group will hold a High-Level Event in New York on March 17.
“The scourge of Islamophobia, fuelled by populism, hate speech, and lack of knowledge and disinformation, is causing unimaginable suffering to Muslim minorities around the world,” the FO statement added.
It said Islamophobia had taken many forms including inter alia negative profiling, mob lynchings by cow vigilantes, discriminatory laws, attacks on women for wearing hijabs, ban on minarets, negative propaganda and disinformation campaigns, manifestos of far-right parties, deliberate vandalism of Islamic symbols, and holy sites, and attempts to link and equate Islam with terrorism.
“Such acts imperil our shared aspirations for a peaceful world and harmonious future for all,” the statement added.

The FO said Pakistan had always supported and continues to lead international efforts for building bridges between cultures and civilizations.

“Through the observance of this Day, we want to build a better understanding of Islam and Islamic precepts,” it said.

“We intend to send a message of international solidarity and cooperation. We remain determined to promote values of peaceful co-existence as well as inter-faith and cultural harmony,” the FO said.
On the other hand, the second anniversary of the March 15, 2019 terrorist attack, in Christchurch, New Zealand, The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen, pays tribute to the fallen martyrs and renews the OIC’s deep sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims.

The Secretary General also extends the OIC’s highest consideration to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, her government, and the people of New Zealand for their remarkable support and solidarity with the families of the victims as well as with the Muslim community living in the country.

While condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of the motivations and the identity of its perpetrator, the OIC firmly rejects any policies, statements, and practices that associate Islam with terrorism.

Noting with concern that Islamophobia, as a contemporary form of racism and religious discrimination, is on the rise in many parts of the world, the OIC Secretary General renews the OIC call to the United Nations and other international and regional organizations for the observance of 15 March of each year as an international day to combat Islamophobia in order to consolidate global awareness about curbing this phenomenon, intolerance and hatred towards Muslims.

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