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Pakistan urged OIC to designate March 15 as Interna­tional Day to Combat Islamophobia

Pakistan urged OIC to designate March 15 as Interna­tional Day to Combat Islamophobia

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What happened: On Friday, Pakistan participated in the 47th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Niamey, Niger. 

Major contribution: Speaking at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi proposed  three major suggestions in front of the committee. Demands are as follow 

  • OIC should launch an international campaign for outlawing willful provocation against Muslims and incitement to hate.
  • OIC should designate March 15 as ‘Interna­tional Day to Combat Islamophobia’.
  • OIC countries to use their political influence and economic clout to prevent India from committing atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Qureshi said  that Islamophobia and hatred towards Muslims was rising in the West.

 “Recent despicable incidents like desecration of the Holy Quran and reprinting of caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) have seriously hurt the sentiments of over 1.8 billion Muslims around the world.”

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