President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that to counter Islamophobia and changing the perceptions of the world about Muslims, the Islamic countries will have to put joint efforts.
Speaking during a meeting with visiting President of Arab Parliament Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asoomi here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday, he said that through close coordinated efforts, the challenges of terrorism and Islamophobia are being faced by the Islamic world can be overcome.
President Alvi said that due to their shared bonds of common faith and culture, Pakistan had a natural affinity with the Arab nations.
Pakistan attaches great importance to its ties with the Middle Eastern countries and wanted to further strengthen relations with them in all areas of mutual interest, he added.
He mentioned that Pakistan's policy had shifted from geopolitics to geoeconomics that focused on regional connectivity, development partnerships, socio-economic uplift, and regional peace.
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The President highlighted that Pakistan was making efforts to promote peace in the region, particularly in Afghanistan.
He also briefed the visiting dignitary about the measures taken by the country against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President apprised Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asoomi about the apartheid policies of the Modi-led Bharatia Janta Party government in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), saying that India was involved in the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris by altering the demography of Kashmir
through the Citizenship Act.
He reiterated Pakistan's support for the just cause of Palestinians and called for the establishment of a viable, independent, and contiguous state of Palestine on the basis of internationally accepted parameters, with pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
The President of the Arab Parliament termed Pakistan an important country for the Arab world, which had played a historical role in supporting the cause of Islamic Ummah.
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He underlined the need to work closely with the Islamic world to meet their common challenges.
Al-Aloomi also emphasized the need for exchanging delegations to further cement ties between Pakistan and the Arab world. He mentioned that the Arab Parliament supported Pakistan's stance on IIOJK.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani was also present during the meeting.