“We must promote universal respect for all religions as religion should be used as a bridge, bringing nations together, not as a wall keeping nations apart,” said Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during a meeting with OIC foreign ministers at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting. -File Photo

UNITED NATIONS: The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation has accepted a resolution tabled by Pakistan that strongly deplores the recent blasphemous film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), calling it a violation of freedom of expression, DawnNews reported.

APP adds: “The international community needs to stand together to decry proponents of hatred working under the garb of freedom of expression,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told the ministerial level meeting of member states of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) while tabling the draft of the declaration.

“We must promote universal respect for all religions. Religion should be used as a bridge, bringing nations together and not as a wall keeping nations apart,” she said in her address to the meeting, held on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.

Khar called for the adoption of the declaration by consensus. Conference officials said that OIC foreign ministers will take action on Friday evening.

The declaration called the release of the film 'Innocence of Muslims', which triggered violent riots in the Muslim world, “despicable”.

"Such Islamophobic acts “stand in the way of religion and relief,” the deceleration added.

It calls on all governments to take appropriate measures, including legislation, against acts that lead to incitement of hatred, discrimination and violence against people based on their religion.

The declaration underscores the importance of dialogue, understanding and cooperation among religions, cultures and civilisations for peace and harmony in the world.

It welcomed efforts made by the media to promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue and encourages them to disseminate the true image of religions and faiths focusing on their basic tenants of peace and tolerance.

Expressing Pakistan's outrage over the film, Khar said, “We urge all member states to take all measures including implementation of necessary policies and legislation against these acts in line with their obligations under international human rights law.”

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