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'Islamophobia is Creating Divisions, Hijab is Now Becoming a Weapon': Pak PM Imran Khan at UNGA

Khan, who is currently on a week-long visit to the US, delivered his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly and touched upon several issues, including climate change, money laundering and Islamophobia.

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Updated:September 27, 2019, 11:16 PM IST
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'Islamophobia is Creating Divisions, Hijab is Now Becoming a Weapon': Pak PM Imran Khan at UNGA
Imran Khan at the UN General Assembly.

United Nations: Islamophobia has grown at an alarming pace after the 9/11 attacks and is creating divisions, with the wearing of hijab becoming a "weapon" against the community in some countries, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said here on Friday.

Khan, currently on a week-long visit to the United States, delivered his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly and touched upon several issues, including climate change, money laundering and Islamophobia.

Khan said billions of Muslims were living as minorities in the western countries and since 9/11 attacks Islamophobia had grown at an "alarming" pace.

"Islamophobia is creating divisions, hijab is becoming a weapon; a woman can take off clothes but she can't put on more clothes. It started after 9/11 and it started because certain western leaders equated Islam with terrorism," he said.

Khan questioned the use of the term "radical Islamic terrorism", saying there is only one Islam.

"There is no such thing as radical Islam," he said, pointing out that all religions have individuals carrying out radical acts. The basis of all religions is compassion and justice, which differentiates us from the animal kingdom," he said.

Khan told the UN that there should be an understanding for other faiths, but they are seen as creating divisions among global population.

Khan said the radical Islamic terrorism used by leaders has caused Islamophobia and pain for Muslims. "What message does this (the term) send? How is a person in New York going to distinguish between moderate Muslims and radical Muslims?" he asked.

"In European countries it is marginalising Muslims, and this leads to radicalisation. Some of the terrorists were from marginalised Muslim communities. We Muslim leaders have not addressed this issue. The Muslim leaders all became moderates and our government coined a phrase 'enlightened moderation'," he said.

Khan's remarks came a day after he announced that Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia have decided to jointly launch an English language Islamic television channel to correct misperceptions and confront the challenges posed by Islamophobia.

"President Erdogan, Prime Minister Mahatir and myself had a meeting today in which we decided our 3 countries would jointly start an English language channel dedicated to confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on our great religion — Islam," Khan said in a tweet.

"Misperceptions which bring people together against Muslims would be corrected; issue of blasphemy would be properly contextualized; series and films would be produced on Muslim history to educate/inform our own people and the world; Muslims would be given a dedicated media presence," he said.

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