Nisar urges West to stop spread of Islamophobia

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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan called on the West to stop the spread of Islamophobia during a meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May at the Home Office in London.

A press release issued on Tuesday added that the Nisar also urged the West to “halt the conscious and concerted plan of certain vested interests to vilify and demonize the great religion of Islam.”

“Democracy and freedom of speech does in no way give a license to anybody to humiliate Muslims, distort their religious beliefs and make jest of their religious personalities,” Nisar said.

The interior minister added that the war against extremism can only be won through global unity and those spreading Islamophobia are the biggest divisive factors in bringing the international community together.

Speaking about the Washington summit, Nisar said that it has been a huge success and called for its resolutions to now be implemented.

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May assured the interior minister that the UK attaches great significance to its relationship with Pakistan and assured they would do everything to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

Meeting with British National Security adviser

The interior minister also met with British National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest in both the bilateral and regional context.

They expressed satisfaction over the upward trajectory of Pakistan-UK relations and agreed to continue the momentum of cooperation in a wide range of areas with particular focus on security cooperation.

Nisar underscored the UK’s importance in bringing the East and West together in the fight against extremism.

He called for a stronger and more aggressive global response against elements targeting and humiliating Islam. Sharing Pakistan’s comprehensive strategy to defeat extremism and terrorism, the Minister apprised the National Security Adviser about the national consensus evolved in the shape of National Action Plan and the progress it has made thus far, a press release stated.

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Commending Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism, Sir Darroch assured continued cooperation from the British government. He appreciated the resolve of the Pakistani government and the people of Pakistan to deal with terrorism in a comprehensive manner.

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