Islamophobia is a reality and the resolution adopted by the United Nations against it is a welcome step but strategy to counter it “is the need of the hour,” said Fahim Kayani, a Kashmiri activist.
“What is now important is for the UN along with the OIC to prepare a strategy to counter Islamophobia; let us make Islamophobic acts punishable under international law,” he suggested.
Lauding Prime Minister Imran Khan for his efforts to raise awareness about anti-Islam hatred, Kayani, who leads Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, said: “Islamophobia is not rampant only in the Western world but is state-sponsored by India in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).”
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has led a huge campaign to inform the world that our religion i.e. Islam is a peace-loving religion,” he added.
Kayani added that the adoption of the resolution was the result of PM Imran’s efforts.
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Slamming the fascist regime in India, the activist said Islamophobia is state-sponsored in the occupied territory. “It is not mere colonisation of IIOJK by India but the structure of administration and the regimes imposed on Kashmiris is Islamophobic.”
It is by design “that India has occupied the Muslim-majority region by radical Hindu supremacist military”, he added.
The TeK UK president observed that “Almost all the police and civil administrators posted by India in IIOJK are radical Hindu supremacists. That’s because India is engaged in demographic terrorism and the radical supremacists carry out such illegal changes according to the agenda of the regime in India.”
He also urged the UN to take the cue from Pakistan and the OIC-sponsored resolution and hold India accountable.
“India cannot be given a free passage,” he stressed. “The resolution against Islamophobia is one more weapon against India’s war crimes in IIOJK. If we use it well, we can free the innocent from India’s fascist designs.”
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Referring to Islamophobia in the West and Europe, Kayani lauded Muslim lawmakers in the UK who played a vital role in highlighting that “Islamophobia is a type of racism”.
These include Dr Afzal Khan, Imran Hussain, Naz Shah, Yasmin Qureshi, Saeeda Warsi, Muhammad Yasin, Khalid Mahmood, Tahir Ali, Zarah Sultana, Shabana Mahmood, Aspana Begum, Lord Wajid, Lord Qurban and others.
“We must not forget the efforts of Saeeda Warsi when she resigned as a minister on the Palestine issue and took the battle to the general public and announced that ‘Islamophobia has passed the dinner-table test’,” he recalled.
Dr Afzal Khan, the activist, said: “Took this campaign to the European parliament and tried to shook the conscience of European lawmakers on the existence of Islamophobia in the West and Europe.”
“The passionate speeches of Imran Hussain, Naz Shah, Dr Afzal Khan and Saeeda Warsi on Islamophobia attracted millions of people especially human rights defenders across the world and made it a major point of discussion for anti-racism campaigners,” he added.