United Nations: Islamophobia has increased at an alarming pace after the 9/11 strikes and is producing branches, together with the wearing of hijab becoming a”weapon” from the neighborhood in a few nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said here on Friday.
Khan, now on a week-long visit into the United States, delivered his inaugural address to the United Nations General Assembly and touched upon several issues, including climate change, money laundering and Islamophobia.
Khan said countless Muslims were still living as minorities from the western nations and because 9/11 attacks Islamophobia had grown at an”alarming” rate.
Islamophobia is creating branches, hijab has grown a weapon; a girl may take off clothing but she can’t put on more clothing. It started after 9/11 and it started because certain western leaders equated Islam with terrorism,” he said.
Khan questioned the use of the word”revolutionary Islamic terrorism”, stating there is only one Islam.
“There is no such thing as radical Islam,” he said, pointing out that most religions have people carrying out radical acts. The basis of all religions is justice and compassion, which distinguishes us from the animal kingdom,” he explained.
Khan informed the UN that there should be an understanding for some other faiths, but they are viewed as producing divisions among global population.
Khan explained the radical Islamic terrorism used by leaders has caused Islamophobia and pain for Muslims. “What message does so (the word ) send? He asked.
“In Western countries it is marginalising Muslims, and this contributes to radicalisation. A few of the terrorists had been from marginalised Muslim communities. We Muslim leaders haven’t addressed this situation. The Muslim leaders all became moderates and our government coined a phrase’enlightened moderation’,” he said.
Khan’s comments came a day after he declared that Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia have resolved to collectively establish a English language Islamic television station to correct misperceptions and confront the challenges posed by Islamophobia.