‘Crackdown on those who spread hatred on social media, extremism’ Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again called on world leaders to crack down on hate speech and extremism on social media in the wake of growing Islamophobia.
In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) regarding the increasing incidents of Islamophobia targeting Muslim families in London, Ontario, The incident in which a Pakistani family was targeted has had a profound effect in Pakistan.
“Rising incidences of extremism and Islamophobia in the West require that world leaders take this issue seriously and take strong action to prevent it,” he said.
He said that strict action should be taken at the international level against the websites which spread hatred.
The prime minister said he had raised the issue with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, and was aware of the importance of the issue. The importance of this issue must be understood and steps must be taken to address it.
He said that some Western and world leaders did not realize the importance of this issue.
He said he agreed with most of Justin Trudeau’s views on extremism, but that some Canadian laws were also causing Islamophobia, citing the Quebec Bill 21, which seeks to allow civil servants, including teachers Police officers were banned from wearing their religious symbols.
Imran Khan said that this is also a form of secular extremism which leads to intolerance against Muslims.
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“Freedom of expression is limited as long as other people are not hurt by it,” he said.
It is to be noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly raised his voice against Islamophobia and has also spoken in this regard in meetings with many world leaders and on international platforms.
He also addressed the UN General Assembly, warning that the international community must play its part in preventing Islamophobia.
On June 7, a white teenager rammed a pickup truck into a Muslim family in London, Ontario, killing four people representing three generations and seriously injuring a nine-year-old boy.
According to police, the attack took place when a family was walking on the sidewalk together when they were about to cross the road when a black pickup truck crushed them.
The 20-year-old, who was arrested shortly after the attack, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has called the killing of four members of a Muslim family a terrorist attack .
Prime Minister Imran Khan also strongly condemned the incident on Twitter, calling it terrorism and expressing concern over the growing incidence of Islamophobia in Western countries.