The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that proclaims March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia. The resolution was sponsored by 57 members of the OIC, and eight other countries, including China and Russia. Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the Muslim ummah on the development.
Despite mounting pressure by the West to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Pakistan chose not to take sides on the matter during UN General Assembly vote. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Wednesday delivered a carefully worded speech at the emergency session of the UNGA, calling for de-escalation of tensions and sustained dialogue.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly is the most-watched video among world leaders on the UN’s YouTube page. With more than 170,000 views since it was uploaded on on September 25, Imran takes the lead on US President Donald Trump’s UNGA address which has close to 140,000 views since it was uploaded on September 22. In third place is Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s speech.
Prime Minister Imran Khan during his address to the UN General Assembly warned the international community that India was planning another “ill-conceived misadventure”. In his address via a video link, the PM said that India is the only country in the world with state sponsored state-sponsored Islamophobia but added that Pakistan was ready to “fight for its freedom to the end”.