Pakistan Urges Joint Action Against Islamophobia at OIC Summit in Banjul

Pakistan's Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar calls for collective action against rising Islamophobia at the 15th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Dar also reaffirms Pakistan's support for the rights of Kashmiri and Palestinian people, condemning India's and Israel's actions.

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Pakistan Urges Joint Action Against Islamophobia at OIC Summit in Banjul

Pakistan Urges Joint Action Against Islamophobia at OIC Summit in Banjul

Pakistan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar call for collective action to combat the rising tide of Islamophobia worldwide at the 15th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Banjul, The Gambia. Addressing the Foreign Ministers Preparatory meeting on Thursday, Dar expressed grave concerns about the increasing incidents of discrimination, violence, and incitement against Muslims globally.

Why this matters: The growing Islamophobia worldwide has significant implications for global peace and security, as it can fuel tensions and violence between communities. If left unchecked, it can also undermine efforts to promote religious tolerance and understanding, leading to further polarization and conflict.

"Increasing Islamophobia is manifested by an increasing number of incidents of discrimination, violence, and incitement against Muslims around the world," Dar urged joint action. He emphasized the need for the OIC to formulate a joint strategy to influence global information networks to harmonize their application of content regulation policies for blasphemous, anti-Islamic, and Islamophobic content.

Dar reaffirmed Pakistan's unwavering support for the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiri and Palestinian people, as mandated by relevant UN Security Council resolutions. He strongly condemned India's oppressive actions in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, including extrajudicial killings, incarceration of Kashmiri leaders, and media blackouts.

Expressing deep concern over the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Dar demanded an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, the lifting of the inhuman siege, and the opening of a humanitarian corridor. He called for holding Israel accountable for its war crimes in Gaza and the re-activation of the OIC's Ministerial Committee on Israel's aggression against the Palestinians.

Dar reiterated Pakistan's principled position on the Palestinian issue, demanding Israel's complete withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories, including Jerusalem, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with pre-June 1967 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. He appreciated the OIC's historic role in supporting the just struggle of the Kashmiri people and its continued monitoring of the human rights situation in the region.

During the meeting, Pakistan was unanimously elected Vice-Chair of the Bureau of Foreign Ministers' Preparatory Meeting for the 15th Islamic Summit of the OIC. The OIC foreign ministers adopted the report of the Senior Officials' Meeting and finalized various documents, including the Resolution on the Issue of Palestine, the Final Communique of the OIC Summit Conference, and the Banjul Declaration.

The 15th Islamic Summit continues in Banjul, Pakistan's strong advocacy for joint action against Islamophobia and its unwavering support for the rights of Kashmiri and Palestinian people take center stage. The OIC's collective stance on these critical issues will be vital in shaping the Muslim world's response to the challenges it faces in an increasingly polarized global environment.

Key Takeaways

  • Pakistan's Deputy PM Ishaq Dar calls for collective action against rising Islamophobia at the OIC summit.
  • Dar expresses concern over increasing incidents of discrimination, violence, and incitement against Muslims.
  • Pakistan demands an immediate Gaza ceasefire, a humanitarian corridor, and Israel's accountability for war crimes.
  • Dar reaffirms Pakistan's support for Kashmiri and Palestinian self-determination and rights.
  • Pakistan elected Vice-Chair of OIC Foreign Ministers' Preparatory Meeting, adopts key resolutions and declarations.