ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that Muslim countries should get up to the West and express their concerns against the rising Islamophobia within the world.
He was addressing a conference of the Ulema and Mashaikh Conference in Islamabad. Shedding light on how the West associated Islam with terrorism and began a disinformation campaign against the faith , PM Imran Khan said that he knows Western countries better than other Pakistani leaders due to living there for an extended time.
“The West conveniently associated Islam with terrorism but within the last 20 years, Muslim countries unfortunately, didn’t answer this narrative,” he said. “Muslim leaders should have stood up to the West and made it clear that there’s no link between Islam, or the other religion, with terrorism.”
The premier also said that the West uses terms like “radical Islam,” “Islamic extremism,” but doesn’t consider that extremists exist in every society and it’s not something specific to Muslims.
“Muslims living in Western countries, and even in India, face tons of problems due to Islamophobia,” he said. ” When Muslim women living within the West leave of their houses wearing a headband , people taunt them. Similarly, bearded Muslim men need to face derogatory remarks.”
The PM assured that he will still raise his voice against Islamophobia.