(Pakistan raises OIC’s concern over denigration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by India)

ISLAMABAD:At the United Nations, Pakistan has raised concern of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries over the denigration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by India’s ruling party’s leaders, and slammed the defamation of Islamic holy personalities and religious symbols.

The concern was raised by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram while speaking on behalf of the OIC countries at a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Countering Hate Speech.

The Pakistani envoy said the Islamophobic acts hurt the sensitivities of over 1.5 billion Muslims and constitute a gross abuse of the right of freedom of expression. He said if left unchecked, it can erode peace and development, since it creates the conditions for conflicts, religious tensions and wide scale human rights violations.