West must take anti-Islamophobia steps, says Nisar

LONDON - Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan called on his British counterpart Ms. Theresa May and National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch in London.
During the meeting with Ms. Theresa May, Nisar observed the West must do more to stop the spread of Islamophobia and a conscious and concerted plan of certain vested interests to vilify and demonize the great religion of Islam. He said that democracy and freedom of speech does in no way give a license to anybody to humiliate Muslims, distort their religious beliefs and make jest of their religious personalities.
Ch Nisar said that war against extremism could only be won through global unity and those spreading Islamophobia are the biggest divisive factors in bringing the international community together.
He said that Washington summit has been a huge success but now its resolutions must be implemented.
British Home Secretary Theresa May said that the UK attaches great importance to its relationship with Pakistan and “We’ll do everything to further strengthen these bi-lateral ties.”
During meeting with British National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch, they exchanged views on matters of mutual interest in both bilateral and regional context. Expressing satisfaction on the upward trajectory of Pak-UK relations, both sides agreed to continue the momentum of cooperation in a wide range of areas with particular focus on security cooperation.
The Interior Minister underscored UK's important role in bringing East and West together in fight against extremism. He called for a stronger and more aggressive global response against elements targeting and humiliating Islam.
Sharing Pakistan's comprehensive strategy to defeat extremism and terrorism, the minister apprised the National Security Adviser about the national consensus evolved in the shape of National Action Plan and the progress it has made thus far.
Commending Pakistan's efforts in the fight against terrorism, Sir Kim Darroch assured continued cooperation from the British side. He appreciated the resolve of the government and the people of Pakistan to deal with terrorism in a comprehensive manner.

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