LAHORE: The Muslim world must form an ‘Islamic United Nations’ to counter the proxy war thrust on the Islamic states by the colonial powers and the enemies of Islam, says Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Senator Sirajul Haq.

Commenting on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the subsequent US missile attack there, he said the tyranny of Bashar al Asad on the Syrians was not something new as his father had also killed hundreds of thousands of Syrian Muslims and had set numerous habitations on fire.

Sirajul Haq said the arms and ammunition being manufactured in the West were being tested on the Muslim countries. The US, he said, had ransacked Iraq after accusing Saddam Husain of having WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and put to death thousands of Iraqis Muslims. Subsequently, the US and NATO forces attacked Afghanistan and killed hundreds of thousands of Afghans.

The JI chief said the colonial powers were repeating the same story in Kashmir, Burma, Palestine and Syria, “but unfortunately the attitude of the Muslim rulers is deplorable.”

Haq said in the prevailing situation, it was the duty of the Muslim rulers to sit together and chalk out a common line of action to foil the enemy designs and for the security of each and every Muslim. He said in Arakan (Burma), the Muslims’ habitations and mosques and madressahs were being torched. Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims were being killed in Arakan every day but the United Nations and human rights bodies were silent.

He said in the Held Kashmir, India had been perpetrating untold brutalities for the last 70 years while in Palestine, Israel was continuing with the genocide of the Palestinians but the UN was not taking any interest in the liberation of Kashmir and Palestine although hundreds of resolutions and memoranda had been moved on these issues. This showed the partiality of the United Nations which had promptly taken steps to separate southern Sudan and East Timor from the Muslim countries, he added.

As such, the establishment of an Islamic United Nations was the only remedy, he said.

Published in Dawn, April 9th, 2017