Shah Mahmood Qureshi says freedom of expression does not grant the freedom to insult or hurt others, pointing out that the most worrisome is the State sponsorship of violence on the basis of religion or belief.
ISLAMABAD: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Sept 30th, 2020) Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the United Nations General Assembly to declare an "International Day to Combat Islamophobia" and build a resilient coalition to end the scourge.
The Foreign Minister said that enormity of this problem continues to grow, partly by a rise in populism, and partly by mainstreaming of contempt through unregulated social media platforms.
He said freedom of expression does not grant the freedom to insult or hurt others. He said most worrisome is the State sponsorship of violence on the basis of religion or belief.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said today Islamophobia is unmistakable in the manifestos of far-right and neo-fascist parties.
The sounds of "Clash of Civilizations" still reverberate and we are witnessing global resurgence in intolerance, discrimination, racism, hate speech and violence on the basis of religious beliefs.
He said Pakistan remains committed to promoting religious tolerance, understanding and cooperation at home and abroad.
He said a recent manifestation of this commitment is the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, the world's largest Gurdwara, allowing easy access to our Sikh brothers from the neighborhood and all across the world to practice their religious rites.