Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on the international community to make joint efforts to combat terrorism and Islamophobia.
Khan also urged the international community, in a virtual speech at the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, to support the Taliban government for stability and peace in Afghanistan, stressing the need for the world to realize the situation there that could worsen. If more support is not provided, he said, failure to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan could cause a civil war.
Addressing the 76th session of the UN General Assembly session in New York through video link, he also encouraged incentivizing the Taliban to get the group to honor commitments to the international community.
Khan asked the UN Secretary-General to convene a global dialogue on countering the “rise of Islamophobia” to save the world from another kind of terrorism in the name of the rising phenomenon.
He accused longtime rival India of toeing the “worst and most pervasive” form of Islamophobia by unleashing a reign of fear and violence against India’s 200 million-strong Muslim community.
“Mob lynching by cow vigilantes; frequent pogroms, such as the one in New Delhi last year; discriminatory citizenship laws to purge India of Muslims; and a campaign to destroy mosques across India and obliterate its Muslim heritage and history, are all part of this criminal enterprise, ” he said.