Recognize Islamophobia to fight it: Dr Arif Alvi

President expresses condolence over death of Tasneem Siddiqui


ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday said the best way to fight Islamophobia was first to recognise it and then lead the world to reject this abhorrent attitude.

Responding to a tweet of Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on social media platform Twitter, he said, “The best way to fight Islamophobia is first to recognize it & then lead citizens of Canada, indeed of the world to reject this abhorrent attitude. Prime Minister Imran Khan has drawn the attention of the world & it is nice to see leaders of nations responding pro-actively.” Further adding to this, President Dr. Arif Alvi Sunday expressed his condolence on the death of Tasneem Siddiqui, a former civil servant, well known for his social activities.

The president offered his condolence to the bereaved family and lauded the services of late Siddiqui. On his Twitter handle, the president posted, “Tasneem Siddiqui, outstanding hero & bureaucrat passes away. My condolences to the family, which includes all who live in katchi abadis, the poor, landless & homeless for whom he had ideas & compassion & whom he served. A great man indeed.”

A former civil servant and social activist Tasneem Ahmad Siddiqui died in Karachi on Saturday after suffering from a cardiac arrest at the age of 82. He is behind his wife, Kishwar Sultana, two sons, and a daughter.

He was well known for devising a project ‘Khuda Ki Basti’ in Hyderabad, aimed at providing affordable housing to the urban poor and the reorganization of the Sindh Katchi Abadis Authority.

His services as a government servant were acknowledged by the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award of the Philippines government and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1999.


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