Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to stand against the phenomenon of Islamophobia and oppression of Muslims in the world.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to stand against the phenomenon of Islamophobia and oppression of Muslims in the world.
Addressing the 14th OIC Summit in Makkah, he asked the OIC to play an effective role in safeguarding the rights of Muslims and their religious sentiments.
The premier raising the issue of Islamophobia said: "When someone from the West blasphemed our Holy Prophet (PBUH), I always felt the response from the Muslim Ummah and the OIC was lacking."
"The OIC — heads of states — owes a responsibility to the Muslim world [...] when somebody blasphemes our Prophet (PBUH), it is a failure of the OIC that we have not been able to explain to the other countries the love and affection we feel for our Holy Prophet," the Pakistani Prime Minister said.
He added: "I want to use this forum to talk to the OIC about explaining to the West that their idea of freedom of expression hurts the sentiments of Muslims across the globe."
"Some western countries are suffering from Islamophobia. The West should differentiate between moderate Muslim and extremist Muslim."
"The international community has to respect the feelings of more than 1 billion Muslims," he added.
Moreover, he said, the western world has equated Islam with terrorism which had done a tremendous disservice to the Muslim community.
He said Religion has nothing to do with terrorism and no religion allows the killing of innocent human beings.
"I also want to bring up the point that the Muslim world must pay more attention to science and technology," the premier urged.
Earlier at the summit, the premier met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El- Sisi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.