Prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday firmly denounced the Israeli attack on Palestinians outside the Al Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramzan and repeated his appeal on the international community and the Muslim world to take measures to defend Palestinians and their legitimate rights, urging the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take action in response to the growing cases of Islamophobia in various parts of the world.
The prime minister in Saudi Arabia for a three-day visit expressed the expectation that the Pakistani diaspora will soon see a transformed and progressed Pakistan where the rule of law would reign supreme.
The prime minister and his wife conducted Umrah on the third day of their visit, and the doors of Khana Kaaba were opened specially for him and members of his delegation.
Strongly condemn Israeli forces’ attack especially during Ramadan on Palestinians in Qibla-e-Awwal, Al Aqsa Mosque, violating all norms of humanity & international law” the prime minister tweeted earlier. We reiterate support for the Palestinian people. The international community must take immediate action to protect Palestinians & their legitimate rights.“
In Makkah, Prime Minister Khan met with OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen urged the organization to play its proper part in resolving the dire situation in Palestine.
He emphasized the importance of a coordinated response from the OIC, citing an uptick in cases of Islamophobia in various parts of the world.
It was announced that the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Niamey had unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia in response to the prime minister’s letter to the heads of state of Muslim countries.
Prime Minister Khan emphasized that the Muslim leadership must work together to ensure that the world recognizes Muslims’ unique respect and admiration for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).” Secondly, it was imperative not to allow anyone to create any linkage between Islam and terrorism,” he said, adding that the international community should present a united front against religious bigotry and incitement to violence, and work together to promote interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence.
The prime minister was briefed about the OIC’s efforts in support of the Jammu and Kashmir conflict by the secretary-general.“The OIC has steadfastly supported the Kashmir cause and in this context, the Niamey CFM culminated with a comprehensive resolution on the issue,” he added.
Later, Prime Minister Khan met with Mohammad Al Issa, Secretary-General of the World Muslim League (WML), and reaffirmed Pakistan’s support and unity for the Palestinian nation, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding their legal rights.
With regard to Islamophobia, Mr. Khan emphasized the importance of bridging the divide between awareness and contact. He urged the WML secretary-general to engage with all segments of Western society, particularly academia, civil society organizations, the intelligentsia, and politicians.
The MWL secretary-general praised the prime minister’s support for Ummah’s causes, claiming that he held a place of eminence in the Muslim community.
Imam-i-Kaaba Al-Shaikh AbdurRahman Al Sudais visited Prime Minister Khan in Makkah with a group of other Imams from Masjid Al Haram. The prime minister hoped for a quick return to normalcy, allowing all Muslims to prosper from Masjid Al-Haram’s blessings. He asked the Imam to offer special prayers for Pakistan’s growth and prosperity and its people’s well-being.
PM Khan’s efforts to fight Islamophobia and promote interfaith unity were lauded by Al-Shaikh Abdur Rahman.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the Israeli attack on worshippers at the Al Aqsa mosque on Sunday, reiterating Pakistan’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause. He tweeted “Condemn in strongest terms attack on innocent worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque, first Qibla of Islam, by Israeli occupation forces in the holy month of Ramazan,” adding that such act of brutality by Isreal is against the human rights.
The Arab League’s urgent meeting was called a timely move, according to the foreign minister. The Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and other human rights championing countries must pay attention to the situation.
Corrupt mafia and status quo
Prime Minister Khan told a gathering of Pakistanis at a ceremony commemorating the launch of the Roshan Digital Account that the nation was at a turning point and that the fight against corruption and the status quo would soon be won, paving the way for Naya Pakistan. He claimed that “It is a decisive moment, the old status quo and a mafia are resisting and trying to save themselves. But public supports my party and the government in the struggle for rule of law.”
He said that the human-centered structure had survived and prospered, while the jungle law had failed miserably. He said that the crooked elements in Pakistan had banded together to save their skins.
“I assure you that no one can stop this change, due to mass awareness. Social media has brought about a change as the information travels very fast. The youth and social media have been the main ingredients of our party’s success,” PM added.
The prime minister praised the contribution of about nine million Pakistanis living abroad to the country’s growth, saying they had enormous potential and had become the country’s most valuable asset. He claimed that their ability had not been fully realized and that no attempts had been made in the past to entice them to invest in the country.
Mr. Khan has asked the Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan to maintain close contact with the Pakistani diaspora in Saudi Arabia to resolve their issues and further remittances sent via Roshan Digital accounts.
According to the prime minister, the economy of the world was being stabilized, as it had gone through the most turbulent periods with the steady strengthening of reserves. He expressed gratitude to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for assisting Pakistan by supplying loans and oil on a payment-deferred basis.“If these countries had not supported us, Pakistan would have defaulted, entailing severe consequences,” he added.
According to the prime minister, the vulnerable economies around the world were crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic, who added that regular caseloads in neighboring India were rising at an unprecedented rate. Pakistan was one of a few countries that had struggled to handle the Covid-19 situation, adding that the country’s exports were on the increase and the economy had recovered.
The prime minister stated that the country’s economic indicators were improving.“The construction industry is providing jobs and the low-cost housing imitative would provide housing facilities to low-income groups,” he concluded.