ISLAMABAD: The General Assembly of the United Nations has urged the international community to discourage Islamophobia. The UNGA adopted its revised Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) that aimed at eliminating the increasing Islamophobia culture across the world. The foreign office in Islamabad disclosed this in a statement issued on July 2, 2021.
The FO stated that Pakistan and other OIC countries took the initiative for the recognition of Islamophobia as an emerging terrorist threat under the GCTS. The GCTS calls for ending direct and indirect forms of religious and racial discrimination, and counter incitement to hatred and violence propagated by terrorist groups on such basis.
It also calls on the UN Secretary General to report on the threat posed by such extremist and Islamophobic terrorist groups, the statement said. The recognition of terrorist threats caused by Islamophobia in the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy constitutes a landmark achievement to address the increasing number of terrorist attacks against Muslims and their places of worship in many parts of the world.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan has repeatedly called on the international community to collectively act against Islamophobia, including by taking effective actions through the United Nations.
He maintained Pakistan has also been expressing grave concern at the rising tide of Islamophobia, xenophobia and right-wing extremism across the world. Pakistan has also been expressing concerns regarding terrorist threat posed by the far right or extreme right-wing groups.
The GCTS, which was first adopted in 2006, is an international normative and operational framework against global terrorism, which is reviewed and updated bi-annually in view of emerging trends in global terrorism.