ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan has said we can not tolerate blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) and the western world will have to be accountable for vilification of our religious personalities and blasphemy.
He was talking to the Islamabad-based Ambassadors of the countries belonging to the OIC who called on him here.
He urged the OIC to play its role to create awareness at international level.
Islamophobia has increased than before in the world and collective efforts are needed to end Islamophobia. Islamophobia fans inter religious hatred. The Muslims are affected when extremism is linked to Islam.
Imran Khan underlined the need for instituting legal safeguards aimed at protecting the sensitivities of all religious groups.
The Prime Minister said the OIC should work collectively to make the international community understand the deep-rooted love and reverence of all Muslims for the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and the Holy Quran.
Noting that Islamophobic acts fan inter-religious hatred and disharmony among civilizations, the Prime Minister called for addressing the underlying reasons for the rise in such incidents worldwide. Falsely equating Islam with radicalism and terrorism was leading to the marginalization and stigmatization of Muslims.
Imran Khan reaffirmed that Pakistan remains committed to dialogue and cooperation with all members of the international community for promoting universal values of tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among all nations and peoples. He stressed that Pakistan’s initiatives were aimed at building mutual understanding and promoting inter-faith harmony.
He held terrorism and extremism has no religion. We will not tolerate any blasphemy against our beloved Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H).
We want to tell the western world that the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) lives in our hearts and the western world will have to be accountable for blasphemy. The sentiments of the Muslims are being hurt deliberately, he added.
The ambassadors of member countries of OIC thanked the PM for highlighting the issue of Islamophobia.