President Arif Alvi has said that Judaism and Christianity are also mentioned in the Qur’an. We are not against Jews or Christians but against a nation that oppresses and exploits humanity anywhere, including Kashmiris and Palestinians.

Addressing the General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), he said that a statement by the Foreign Minister was labeled as anti-Jewish, but it should be made clear that when we speak of oppression of the Palestinians, that is not anti-Semitic.

President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi
The President said that one way to face the atrocities of the world is to strengthen our economy and society. PC: APP

He said that such labels are shown to the world and the Holocaust is being reminded while the nation which has gone through such atrocities is also committing atrocities.

“We are not anti-Semitic but anti-Zionist, anti-Israel and anti-racism which is more serious than the racism in South Africa and this situation is also developing in Kashmir now, we are against genocide,” he added.

The President said that if any nation has gone through hardships in the last 60-70 years, it is the Muslim Ummah whose millions of lives have been sacrificed in the enmity of the world powers.

He said that the forums of the world are currently devoid of power and gather on the basis of their own interests, desires and needs without any mention of ethics.

He said that the world needs humanitarian leadership at this time, as the revolution brought by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in which the environment, humanity was given importance.

“Ethics, justice and humanity were the foundation of Muslim society. As soon as Muslim society left that foundation, other nations did to us what developed nations do to the weak,” he said.

The President said that when the world is told with reference to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that expression does not mean that we should be harmed, the world does not listen to us because we are weak.

“There are double standards in the world, people in Europe are prevented from talking about the Holocaust and those who challenge it are punished because it weighs heavily on their conscience and hurts them,” he said. But when we say that it hurts us to speak out against the Prophet (PBUH), who is dearest to us, the world does not listen to us.

Dr. Arif Alvi said that Muslims have gone through terrorism and real freedom movements were also seen in the context of terrorism. India calls the world freedom movement of occupied Kashmir and Israel Palestine as terrorism.

He said that we ourselves have problems in which intolerance is the biggest problem, which does not allow nations to develop.

The President said that we have faced extremism in which extremism has been adopted in the interpretation of religion and the world has been shown the side of Islam which was far from reality.

“On the other hand, the coronavirus has shaken the world,” he said.

At the same time, he said that anti-Muslim thinking and prejudice is found in the world and it should be countered through writings, outreach, social media, television and good deeds.

He said that Islamophobia is not just a matter of mentioning that it hurts us but it is the basis on which the policies of nations are formed and even if they ever realize it, it is not mentioned.

The President said that the discipline with which Pakistan competed for Covid-19 was of great importance. One of the sentiments was that people’s employment would not be terminated by lockdown and God bless it.

He said that the importance of organization is present in the developing nations. Institutions were formed in Western Europe where development took place while Eastern Europe lagged behind for many centuries.

The President said that we should improve relations through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and there are many opportunities for trade.

He said that the countries involved in this platform should promote friendship among themselves and compete with each other in the path of development.

“One way to deal with the world’s atrocities is to strengthen our economy and society,” he said.

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