In a passionate speech at the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, condemned the “nefarious and fascist” policies being used to target Muslims around the world. He was speaking at a special high-level meeting to mark the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.
In a powerful call to action, the Minister urged people of all faiths and backgrounds to unite against the rising tide of hatred, bigotry, and intolerance. He highlighted the insidious nature of the tactics being used to single out Muslims, citing the politicization of the hijab as a prime example.
“The spread of hatred and fear towards Muslims is not accidental,” he declared. “It is a calculated strategy aimed at targeting people solely on the basis of their religion.”
The Minister’s remarks were met with widespread support from delegates at the meeting, who applauded his bold stance. He emphasized that the fight against Islamophobia is not just the responsibility of Muslims, but a collective struggle for all those who believe in equality and justice.
As the world grapples with the rise of right-wing extremism and xenophobia, the Minister’s words serve as a timely reminder of the need for unity and solidarity in the face of hate.