OIC States apprised of rising Indian Islamophobia


NEW YORK: In a move to highlight the rising cases of anti-Muslim violence and Islamophobia in India, Pakistan has reached out to the Islamic bloc in New York urging them to play a role.
Pakistan has also urged the UN-based ambassadors of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene an urgent virtual meeting to consider a response to the increasing hate crimes against Muslims in India, as well as the continued oppression in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In a letter sent to the envoys on Wednesday, Ambassador Munir Akram said that the plight of India’s hapless Muslims and the Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir “should be a matter of grave concern for the OIC and all Muslim States.”
“As history attests, such State-sponsored vilification and hatred of minorities or ethnic or religious groups is often the precursor of ethnic cleansing, genocide and crimes against humanity,” it said. Along with his letter, Ambassador enclosed a note detailing “the pernicious and deliberate plan and ruthless actions” of Modi’s govt to “transform India’s Muslims into a subject minority under constant threat of officially sanctioned hate, discrimination and violence.”–Agencies