Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari hosted a conference on International Day to Combat Islamophobia, he called out everyone for Global Unity to deal with any violence against religion or creed. He asked all the nations to stand together in fight against hatred, bigotry and intolerance.
He highlighted about Islam, the religion of moderation, tolerance and pluralism in front of higher delegation at United Nations Assembly Hall. Bilawal added that observance of this day play a great role in sharing our commitment to raise awareness against Islamophobia.
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Advance mutual understanding and respect are the key factors every nation need to counter Islamophobia. It is the time for every nations to come out and stand againt hate and violence related to religions.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Office of President of The General Assembly and Pakistan in its capacity as the chair of Organization of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers.
International Day to Combat Islamophobia
The International Day to Combat Islamophobia was designated to celebrate every year on March 15 in last year 193 member Assembly resolution. Apart from Assembly President, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was also present at the conference.
OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taham also talked about Freedom of Religion or Belief. The opening remarks were given by Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He said that since 9/11 institutional and animosity suspicion of Muslims and Islam across the world started.
Despite all the protests, Muslims and Islam is associated with Terrorism, he added. The policies and violent actions of many people who deny self-determination of Muslims represent the worst scenario of Islamophobia today.
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In this regard, Bilawal Bhutto urged the UN secretary General to start an action plan in cooperation with OIC countries to tackle this hate towards religion. The virus of Islamophobia is spreading faster than we have been able to react, FM added.