Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for effective measures to counter hate speech and Islamophobia at an event titled “Combating Hate Speech”, co-hosted by Turkey and Pakistan at the 74th session of UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
Noting the growing incidence of discrimination and violence based on religion and belief, the premier underscored the importance of addressing both the drivers and consequences of these phenomena.
He rejected attempts to equate Islam with terrorism, noting that such self-serving approaches were dangerous and therefore should be eschewed.
Prime Minister Imran underlined that the United Nations provided an important platform to evolve an informed discourse on countering these phenomenon, noting the need for more efforts by Muslim leaders to explain why attempts to denigrate revered Muslim personalities especially Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) caused pain and offense to billions of Muslims.
He also called for promoting greater understanding and tolerance among and between communities across the world.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey also spoke at the event.
Among other things, the president echoed the concerns and called for a balance between exercising the right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The Turkish president also expressed concern over the situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, reiterating his call for a just solution of this longstanding dispute.