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Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia to confront Islamophobia with a new channel

  • Published at 10:47 pm September 26th, 2019
Imran Khan
File photo of Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan AFP

The trio held a meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 74th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia on Wednesday decided to jointly start an English language channel dedicated to confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on Islam, reports Khaleej Times Pakistan.

“President Erdogan, PM Mahatir and myself had a meeting today in which we decided our 3 countries would jointly start an English language channel dedicated to confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on our great religion – Islam,” tweeted Pakistani PM Imran Khan.

The trio held a meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 74th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In another tweet, he said: "Misperceptions which bring people together against Muslims would be corrected; issue of blasphemy would be properly contextualised; series & films would be produced on Muslim history to educate/inform our own people and the world; Muslims would be given a dedicated media presence."

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, also attended a high-level, roundtable discussion on “Countering Hate Speech” co-hosted by Pakistan and Turkey, reports Gulf News Asia.

About the increasing incidents of discrimination and violence based on religion and belief, Prime Minister Imran made it clear that religion had nothing to do with terrorism.

The prime minister pointed out that marginalisation of any community could lead to its radicalisation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his remarks, said Muslims were the most vulnerable community to hate speech across the world, reports Gulf News.

President Erdogan termed hate speech as among the worst crimes against humanity,.