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Stand against the oppression happening with the Muslim world says Imran Khan at OIC, raises Kashmir and Palestine issues

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Srinagar: Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Saturday once again raised ‘Kashmir dispute’ in 14th session of the Islamic Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)  in Saudi Arabia and said that they accept east Jeruselum as Palestinian capital.

According to The Dawn report Khan touched upon the plight of the people of Kashmir as well as Palestine, saying Pakistan supports the two-states solution and recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

“The people of Kashmir must also have their right to self determination; us as a body must stand against the oppression happening with the Muslim world,” Khan said.

The Muslim leaders are discussing various issues including tensions in the Persian Gulf, to Palestinian statehood, the plight of Rohingya refugees and the growing threat of Islamophobia.

“The OIC — us heads of states — owes a responsibility to the Muslim world […] when somebody blasphemes our Prophet (PBUH), it is a failure of the OIC that we have not been able to explain to the other countries the love and affection we feel for our Holy Prophet,” said Prime Minister Imran.

He also said that some western countries are suffering from Islamophobia and asked west to differentiate between moderate Muslim and extremist Muslim.

“The international community has to respect the feelings of more than 1 billion Muslims,” he added.

“I also want to bring up the point that the Muslim world must pay more attention to science and technology,” the premier urged. “We must pay more attention to quality education and universities; an area in which the Muslim world lags. I fear the Muslim world may be left behind again and this is the best forum to raise this concern in.”

 

 

(The report originally appeared in The Dawn quoting AP)

 

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