OIC deplores Islamophobia, discrimination against Muslims

The Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) on Thursday adopted the “Islamabad Declaration”, deploring the bogey of Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims.

“We condemn the growing trend of Islamophobia and systematic discrimination against the adherents of Islam. We call upon the international community to prevent incitement to hatred and discrimination against the Muslims and take effective measures to combat defamation of religions and acts of negative stereotyping of people based on religion, belief or ethnicity,” the declaration said.

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri read out the declaration at the concluding session, chaired by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. “We request the Secretary General to continue the OIC initiatives to effectively counter Islamophobia through discussions and debates at various international fora,” it said.

IRNA, 17 May 2007