We are neither against Jews nor against Christians, we are against genocide: President Alvi
ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi stressed on Tuesday that Pakistan is against genocide, not against Jews or Christians.
“We are against genocide. We are not against Jews or Christians, but against all the oppressors of humanity, ”he said, in a speech at the Second Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation (PAECO).
Pakistan’s position on Israel’s human rights violations is “not anti-Semitic, but anti-Zionist,” he added.
“We will raise our voices against anyone who resorts to oppression,” the president said.
Alvi emphasized increased trade and connectivity among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation (ECA) to achieve the goals of coherent regional development and prosperity.
The president said that economic integration between regional states could act as an effective engine to foster lasting peace and security.
The conference brought together speakers and representatives of national parliaments from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The President stressed the need for OCE countries to effectively tap into the region’s immense resources to nurture alliances for win-win economic stability.
“Your voices will only be heard on the global platform if you are economically strong and stable,” he said.
To achieve this, he said states will need viable regional integration through an open trade market that will lead to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Dr Alvi said the ECO region, with its eight million square kilometer land mass and 500 million people, represents six percent of the world’s population and has the potential to become an economic powerhouse through institutionalized reforms. of trade policy.
In today’s world where morality becomes irrelevant beside the oppressor’s own whims and wishes, strong leadership and an approach promoting the ethos of humanity was absolutely necessary, he said. .
He spoke of the double weight and hypocrisy of the West in the name of “freedom of speech” where incidents of blasphemy of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) were on the increase in stark contrast to intolerance against the mere mention of the Holocaust.
He also said that calling the Palestinian and Kashmiri freedom movement “terrorism” by Israel and India was an act of viewing countries through “the prism of prejudice.”
The president said he was convinced that the Muslim world would unite to give the world a strong message about Islamophobia.