‘OIC emergent moot’, Qureshi urges UN to devise laws vs. rising ‘Islamophobia’
ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged United Nations (UN) to formulate laws to tackle rising ‘Islamophobia’, at an emergency meeting of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.
Foreign ministers from over 20 Muslim countries are participating in OIC meeting in Turkey. They are one-voice and call for measures against Islamophobia, after last week’s twin mosque massacre in New Zealand that left 50 people dead, including nine Pakistanis.
Violence driven by Islamophobia requires ‘genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures to address this affliction’,” ministers from OIC said in a statement after meeting.
OIC said that attacks against mosques and killings of Muslims showed ‘brutal, inhumane and horrific outcomes’ of hatred to Islam.
Organisation called for countries with Muslim communities, minorities or migrants to refrain from ‘statements and practices that associate Islam with terror, extremism and threats’ to society.
Qureshi also met with Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, Afghan Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on sidelines of moot.
He was earlier welcomed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu upon his arrival in Istanbul.
Turkish Foreign Minister is chairing meeting and apart of this OIC members, representatives of United Nations, European Union and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are also invited.
Earlier, a statement released by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry stated, “Turkey, as OIC Summit Chair, has called upon holding an emergency meeting for discussing increasing violence based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia, in particular terrorist attack that targeted two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, 2019.”