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The United Nations General Assembly has given its approval to a resolution spearheaded by Pakistan, with a significant majority, aimed at tackling the persistent violence directed towards Muslims and advocating for collective action against Islamophobia. The resolution, titled ‘Measures to Combat Islamophobia,’ received 113 votes in favor, with none opposed and 44 abstentions. Notably, India and several European nations opted to abstain from voting.

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Prior to its adoption, the Assembly dismissed two proposed amendments from a coalition of European countries. Ambassador Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, presented the resolution on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In his address to the General Assembly, Ambassador Akram highlighted the concerning surge in incidents of Islamophobia, discrimination, and violence against Muslims, both within societies and at the state level.

The adoption of the resolution underscores the pressing need for unified global initiatives to combat Islamophobia and uphold the rights and dignity of Muslim communities worldwide.

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