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OIC adopts resolution moved by Pakistan against Islamophobia, FM

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi revealed that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has unanimously adopted a resolution against Islamophobia moved by Pakistan.

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Addressing “Ya Rasoolullah” conference in Rawalpindi, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that on the special instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he attended a special session of the OIC along with 57 foreign ministers of the OIC member states.

During this session, all 57 members of the OIC unanimously adopted a resolution against Islamophobia which was moved by Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister expressed sorrow over the tragic incident in Canada in which a truck driver killed 4 members of an innocent Pakistani Muslim family after which he had submitted a resolution on the instructions of PM Imran during the 47th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, requesting the body to “take up the problem with one voice”.

The family was walking by the street when the driver drove his truck into them killing four people of the family. Among the deceased family members are grandmother, mother, father, and teenage daughter. The youngest family member, a nine-year-old boy survived the attempted murder. He is critically injured and is expected to undergo surgery.

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The resolution was not only adopted unanimously but members of the OIC also ordered their permanent representatives to the United Nations in New York to build the international community’s consensus on the issue, he shared. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram was also playing his role, he added.

Canadian Police also declared the incident a ‘hate crime’. The heart-rending incident has ignited the Muslim community across the world. They are demanding the incident to be labeled a terror act along with strict punishment for the man. Canadian man, Nathaniel Veltman, has been arrested by the Police.

According to the reports, a 74-year-old woman in the family died on the spot while a 44-year-old woman, 46-year-old man, and a 15-year-old female died after reaching the hospital.

The witnesses say that the man rammed his truck into the family that was out on a Sunday morning walk and then ran off at high speed.