Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, while speaking at the 74th session of United Nations General (UNGA) in New York on Friday, said that Islamophobia created a division.
“There are 1.3 billion Muslims in this world. Millions of Muslims are living in the US and European countries as minorities. Islamophobia, since 9/11 has grown at an alarming pace. Human communities are supposed to live together with understanding among each other but Islamophobia is creating a division,” Pakistan PM Imran Khan said.
“Muslim women wearing hijabs has become an issue in some countries as if a hijab is some kind of weapon. This is happening because of Islamophobia,” Imran Khan said.
“Imran Khan said that after 9/11 attack, Islamophobia grew at an arming rate. Why did it start? Because certain western leaders equated terrorism with Islam, calling it Islamic terrorism and radical Islam. What is radical Islam? There is only one Islam,” Imran Khan said.
Imran Khan asked how does one distinguish between a moderate Muslim and radical Muslim saying further that terrorism has no religion.
“This Islamic radicalism has been the main reason behind Islamophobia. This has caused pain to Muslims,” Imran Khan said.
Imran Khan said that marginalisation of Muslims in European countries is leading to radicalisation making people end up as militants in Syria and other nations.
“No religion preaches radicalism. The basis of all religions is compassion and justice,” Imran Khan said.
“Imran Khan said that before 9/11 majority of suicide attacks in the world were carried out by Tamil Tigers who were Hindus. No one blamed Hinduism. And it’s quite right. What has Hinduism got to do with what desperate people were doing in Sri Lanka?” Imran Khan said.
Imran Khan added that there is a misunderstanding in the West regarding Islam which is causing Islamophobia in the world.