ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday called upon the international community to take notice of the recent incidents of Islamophobia that took place in Sweden and the Netherlands.
“The people of Pakistan and Muslims around the world are deeply hurt by the recent incidents of Islamophobia in Sweden and the Netherlands,” he said in a tweet.
PM Shehbaz Sharif said the international community must condemn the incidents and stressed taking steps to check such “abhorrent behaviour”.
He also emphasised upon standing united against Islamophobia.
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Earlier, the Foreign Office in a statement had said that “these mindless provocative Islamophobic incidents served no purpose other than hurting the sensitivities of over 1.5 billion Muslims living all over the world”.
“Such actions are not covered under legitimate expressions of the right to freedom of expression or opinion, which carry responsibilities under international human rights law, such as the obligation not to carry out hate speech and incite people to violence,” the FO said.
Muslims, including in Pakistan, unequivocally condemned the practice of insulting Islam, Christianity and Judaism alike and stood against all acts of violence on the basis of religion or belief, he said adding that the principles must be equally respected and supported by all.
“The international community needs to show a common resolve against xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence on the basis of religion or belief, and work together for promoting inter-faith harmony and peaceful co-existence that has been the spirit behind the OIC’s recent initiative led by Pakistan at the UN General Assembly to designate March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.”