The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States, convened by Pakistan, condemned the recent act of desecration of the Holy Quran by extremists in Sweden and in the Netherlands.
Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram chaired the meeting.
In a statement, the meeting said those vile acts were recent manifestations of Islamophobia. The meeting also decided to organize a special meeting at the UN in New York to commemorate the Day to Combat Islamophobia in accordance with the landmark resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly last year.
The Pakistani representative at the OIC meeting said, “Through this event, the OIC countries would call for international solidarity and cooperation in combating and dismantling anti-Muslim rhetoric and practices including racial profiling, discrimination, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of Muslims”
Representative Pakistan Ambassador Munir added, “the OIC will urge the UN Secretary-General to formulate an action plan, in coordination with the OIC countries, to halt and reverse Islamophobia”
It is to be mentioned here that, Last week On Saturday, Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), burned the Holy Quran outside the Turkish Embassy in Sweden.
After this act, World Muslim leaders start to show their anger and starts condemning the Desecration of the Holy Book. Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the act of desecration of the Holy Quran by a right-wing extremist in Sweden.
PM Shehbaz Sharif said the garb of the freedom of expression cannot be used to hurt the religious emotions of 1.5 billion Muslims across the world. He said this act is unacceptable.
Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, OIC, and Turkey also condemned the Islamophobic act.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudia also Condemns the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden
Keeping this in view Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States, convened by Pakistan, showed their anger and condemned the recent act of desecration of the Holy Quran by extremists in Sweden and the Netherlands.
During the Meeting The Pakistani envoy also informed the OIC meeting that On International Women’s Day (8 March), Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will host and chair a High-Level Conference in New York on Women in Islam.
The OIC Members greatly appreciated and showed their strong support to Pakistan towards the initiatives during the meeting.