Foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) yesterday expressed grave concern at the rising tide of discrimination and intolerance against Muslims, especially in Europe and North America. “It is something that has assumed xenophobic proportions,” they said in unison.
Speaking at a special brainstorming session on the sidelines of the 34th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM), the foreign ministers termed Islamophobia the worst form of terrorism and called for practical steps to counter it.
PAKISTANI Christians living in a town beset by pro-Taleban militants sought government protection yesterday, a day before the expiry of an ultimatum warning them to convert to Islam.
About 500 Christians in Charsadda, a town in the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan, received threatening letters earlier this month telling them to close their churches and convert by 17 May or face "bomb explosions".