Amid the widespread condemnations, Islamabad convened an ambassadorial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States in New York earlier this week.A report of the country’s state broadcaster suggests that Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Munir Akram, presided over the meeting on Wednesday.The leaders gathered at the meeting strongly condemned the recent abhorrent acts of desecration of the Holy Quran in European countries. They called these acts a manifestation of Islamophobia that calls for strong condemnation.
OIC group members also called for a follow-up of the resolution the United Nations adopted against Islamophobia, calling on the UN chief to formulate an action plan to reverse Islamophobia. OIC members also commended Pakistan’s efforts to fight Islamophobia.
Earlier, Islamabad asked the world leaders to combat Islamophobia with a united front and promote interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence.
The recent sacrilegious incidents caused a furor among Muslim countries with several states calling out the Western world for hurting sentiments of billions of people in the name of freedom of expression.
Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, declaring March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia.