PM welcomes Canadian Premier’s unequivocal condemnation of Islamophobia

Hosting Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games is admirable: PM Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unequivocal condemnation of Islamophobia, calling for an end to hatred against Muslims.

On his twitter handle, the prime minister also appreciated Trudeau’s plans to appoint a special representative to cope with this contemporary scourge.

He also stressed upon international efforts and cooperation to end the growing menace of Islamophobia.

“I welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unequivocal condemnation of #Islamophobia & his plan to appoint a Special Representative to combat this contemporary scourge. His timely call to action resonates with what I have long argued. Let us join hands to put an end to this menace,” prime minister Khan posted a tweet.

The Canadian premier in a tweet had termed Islamophobia as unacceptable. “Full stop. We need to put an end to this hate and make our communities safer for Muslim Canadians,” he added.

According to a statement of the Government of Canada, tagged by Prime Minister Trudeau, Islamophobia and hate, in any form, had no place in Canada.

“Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, highlighted the federal government’s intention to appoint a special representative on combatting Islamophobia. This appointment will be part of a renewed Government of Canada Anti-Racism Strategy,” it said

The statement further said that last year, the Canadian government announced its intention to make January 29 a National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action against Islamophobia. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/news/2022/01/the-government-of-canada-intends-to-appoint-a-special-representative-on-combatting-islamophobia.html

“This year, on the eve of the five-year anniversary of this act of terror, the Government of Canada stands with and supports Muslim communities across Canada and reaffirms its commitment to take action to denounce and tackle Islamophobia and hate-fueled violence,” it added.

Prime Minister Khan has been very effectively, consistently and vociferously advocating for the global efforts and cooperation to tackle the issue of Islamophobia which had resulted in number of unpleasant incidents in the West.

In the recent past, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a televised interaction had also shared similar thoughts about Islamophobia.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his expectation for the journey to Beijing and appreciated the efforts of the Chinese people in hosting the international sporting event.

The PM will visit China and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. He is looking forward sincerely to deepening the friendship between the two countries through his attendance of the opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

In a joint interview with Chinese media, he said, the Chinese and Pakistani people have shared a 70-year friendship. He was still at school when the construction of Karakoram Highway was under way.

Therefore, he witnessed the completion of the road, which has significantly improved the poor transport system in northern Pakistan. He expressed high respect for the efforts and sacrifices made by the Chinese people during the construction, China Economic Net reported.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan recalled his nearly two decades as an athlete, he said: “as the former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team, I’m looking forward to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. This will be the first Olympics I’ve ever seen, and the first Winter Olympics I’ll ever see up close. Since entering politics, I haven’t had a chance to watch a sports event in person so I’m really looking forward to it.”

He also expressed hope that as the relationship between Pakistan and China deepens, there will be more exchanges between the two peoples on the sport of cricket. “If there is a chance, we can teach Chinese how to play cricket so that China can also set up a great cricket team,” PM said.

Imran Khan believes it is not easy to host a Winter Olympics while COVID-19 is still swiping. He appreciated the efforts of the Chinese people in hosting the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. “The pandemic has destroyed a lot of things, especially sports events around the world. Under such a circumstance, I think it is very admirable that China can successfully host the Winter Olympics.”

Imran Khan said China has strong winter sports, while northern Pakistan is rich in skiing resources but has not been well exploited. He hopes to use Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics as an opportunity to cooperate with China in snow sports. “Gilgit-Baltistan and many regions of KP province have excellent ski resorts and skiing is one of the most highlight competitions of the Winter Olympics.

But until now we have not developed skiing in Pakistan, and there are fewer and fewer places to ski. So, we are trying to build more ski resorts in Gilgit-Baltistan, and after that we hope to cooperate more with China in ski sports and learn from the excellence of Chinese athletes in winter sports,” he added.

On the occasion of the Chinese Spring Festival, the PM Imran Khan also extended his best wishes to the Chinese people in the interview. “Before the arrival of the Chinese Lunar New Year, I would like to send my best wishes to every Chinese. I look forward to a relationship between our two countries that is mutually beneficial for both peoples.

On behalf of the people of Pakistan, I wish all Chinese people a happy Spring Festival,” he said at the end of the interview.

Adding to this, Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday appreciated GO petroleum for responding to his call and agreeing to give a 50 percent salary increase to its employees.

In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, he said, “I appreciate GO petroleum for responding to my call & agreeing to give a 50% salary increase to their employees. I am urging other companies to follow this example.”

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