Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:36:44
OIC FMs adopt Pak-sponsored Declaration and speak with one
voice against anti-Islam film
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (APP): Foreign ministers of Islamic
countries spoke with one voice against the blasphemous video on
Saturday as they urged all governments to prevent such "despicable"
acts through "appropriate measure, including legislation".
Meeting on the margins of the 67th session of the U.N. General
Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of 57 member states of Organization
of the Islamic Conference (OIC) adopted a Pakistan-sponsored
Declaration that called the film "Innocence of Muslims" a violation
of freedom of expression.
The Declaration expressed deep concern on the continuing instances
of such Islamophobic acts under the pretext of freedom of expression,
which stand in violation of freedom of religion guaranteed by
international human rights norms and standards and have deeply
offended more than one billion Muslims around the world.
It underscores the importance of dialogue, understanding and
cooperation among religions, cultures and civilizations for peace
and harmony in the world.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar welcomed the
adoption of Declaration, which, she said, conveyed the deeply
hurt feelings of people of Pakistan over the video.
In her speech, Khar also thanked the OIC for its unwavering
support to the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people
and resolution of this long-standing dispute in accordance with
relevant UN resolutions.
She reiterated Pakistan's commitment to finding a just and
peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the
wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Hina Rabbani Khar also outlined Pakistan's position on the
issues of international peace and security, including Syria,
Mali, Somalia and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
She highlighted the role played by Pakistan as a frontline
state in the fight against terrorism and its resolve to continue
this fight with ever strong vigour.
The Foreign Minister stressed the need for unity and solidarity
among Islamic Ummah for mutual success, progress and prosperity.