Pakistan worried about rising “Islamophobia” in the West
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The Pakistani Sartaj Aziz
Not about jihad terror. Not about Paris and Brussels and San
Bernardino and Chattanooga.
Not about al-Qaeda and the Taliban operating
with impunity, and Pakistani government support, in Pakistan and
Afghanistan. No, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
is worried about “Islamophobia,” and he wants the West to adopt Sharia
blasphemy laws as the antidote to this spurious malady:
importance to freedom of expression. We, however, refuse to accept that
it allows insults against Islam and hate speech and incitement to
violence against Muslims.” No genuine incitement to violence should ever be tolerated. But since
Islamic groups routinely classify any examination by non-Muslims of how
jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and
make recruits among peaceful Muslims as “insults against Islam and hate
speech,” what Aziz is essentially calling for is the legal restriction
of criticism of Islam, including counter-terror analysis — which would
have the effect of allowing the jihad to proliferate unopposed.
“Pakistan concerned at rising Islamophobia in the West, Express Tribune, April 13, 2016: Amid growing Islamophobia in the west, Pakistan has
voiced deep concerns at what it called a “sharp rise in hate speech,
discriminatory acts and social hostility against Muslims”, particularly
in the countries where they are in minority.
“We are also witnessing an increase in instances of physical and
psychological violence against Muslims and their businesses and places
of worship. Muslim minorities are being alienated and marginalised. Many
of them live in fear,” said Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs
Sartaj Aziz in his speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Istanbul
ahead of a summit meeting.