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Sun, 06/22/2008 - 13:09
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Pakistan, Islamic Conference condemn attempt to defame Islam

Kampala, Uganda, June 21 (PPI) - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General Organization of Islamic Conference, condemned Islamophobia and attempts to defame Islam.
The two leaders said this in talks on sidelines of OIC conference of Foreign Ministers in Ugandan capital Kampala.
Qureshi said Islamophobia is a subject of great concern to Pakistan. "Our people have reacted strongly to Danish caricatures. We firmly believe in freedom of speech but it should not be used to trample feelings of Muslims."
Ihsanoglu agreed and felt struggle against defamation of Islam is a human rights issue. Incitement of religious hatred is an infringement on human rights of Muslims and should be dealt with as such.
Qureshi assured Pakistan would be one of first countries to ratify new Charter of OIC. He also assured Pakistan's active role on all matters of importance to OIC, including issues of human rights, Islamophobia and matters pertaining to developments in science and technology.
Qureshi conveyed appreciation for Secretary General's efforts to reform and revitalize the Organization, adding that with new Charter OIC is now more meaningful and vibrant.
He thanked Ihsanoglu for his continued support and active role in OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmiri people greatly value continued and consistent support of Muslim Ummah in their just struggle against oppression and tyranny.
Secretary General assured OIC would work for achievement and fulfillment of this just and principled cause.