UN adopts resolution moved by Pakistan on OIC’s behalf

Designates March 15 as anti-Islamophobia Day

United Nations, March 15 (KMS): The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a landmark resolution introduced by Pakistan, designating March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia.

The resolution was sponsored by 57 members of the OIC, and eight other countries, including China and Russia.

Under its terms, the resolution strongly deplores all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief and such acts directed against their places of worship, as well as all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines that are in violation of international law.

Following the adoption of the landmark resolution by the UNGA, Prime Minister, Imran Khan, congratulated the Muslim world. He said, “our voice against the rising tide of Islamophobia has been heard.”

“The UN has finally recognised the grave challenge confronting the world: of Islamophobia, respect for religious symbols & practices & of curtailing systematic hate speech & discrimination against Muslims,” the prime minister remarked on Twitter. “Next challenge is to ensure implementation of this landmark resolution,” he added.

At the world platforms, including the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Imran Khan has been calling the world to act against Islamophobia and asking the world leaders to act collectively to counter the growing phenomenon in non-Muslim states.

Imran Khan also recently appreciated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “emphatic statement” that the freedom of speech could not be a pretext to abuse the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).