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‘Their solely fault was that they had been Muslim,’ Qureshi says in parliament on Canadian hate killing

Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Minister for International Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday mentioned that the “solely fault of the household that was killed in Canada was that they had been Muslim”, as he drew consideration to Islamophobia catching tempo in Western international locations.

Canadian police mentioned a person was arrested for killing 4 members of a Canadian Muslim household after operating them over in his pickup truck and concentrating on them in an assault motivated by hate.

The international minister, addressing the Nationwide Meeting, mentioned the Canadian police should absolutely be conducting its investigation, however he solely noticed hate as the explanation for this assault.

“It is a hate crime.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tweet in opposition to Islamophobia was encouraging, and this was the identical subject that Pakistan had raised within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s latest summit, he mentioned.

Qureshi mentioned that he had raised Pakistan’s issues in a gathering with the Canadian excessive commissioner. He mentioned Pakistan is in contact with Canada and termed it a matter of human rights.

The international minister referred to as on PM Trudeau to play a job just like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the Christchurch Mosque shootings in 2019.

The Canadian prime minister ought to go to the affected household, he mentioned, including he would converse to him on the matter at 6pm tomorrow.

“Worldwide human rights organisations ought to increase their voice on this subject […] I hope that worldwide media may also play its due function,” the international minister mentioned.

FM Qureshi, sharing particulars of the incident, mentioned it was a heart-wrenching incident. “4 Pakistani-Canadians had been martyred and a nine-year-old has been hospitalised.”

The international minister mentioned he had sought particulars of the matter and made it clear that he wouldn’t make any speculations earlier than the post-mortem report is out there.

“This is not an remoted incident, it’s a rising development,” he mentioned.

He highlighted that Pakistan was repeatedly sensitising the worldwide group relating to the rising development of Islamophobic, including that everybody was conscious of the incidents that had taken place in the UK and France in latest days.

“These occasions pose a risk to divisions in society,” he mentioned.

PM Imran Khan aspires to unite the Muslim ummah and kind a unified technique to deal with Islamophobia, he mentioned. “I had additionally instructed the OIC that we must always give a unified response to this subject.”

The international minister mentioned Pakistan’s consul common in Canada was the primary particular person to contact the household, who’re petrified over the occasion.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, condemning the assault in Canada, mentioned if states drop bombs on Muslims, it’s “self-defence”, and when Muslims defend themselves, it’s termed as terrorism.

“What occurred in Canada was terrorism and Muslims had been focused,” she mentioned, including the nation’s authorities had admitted that the assault was Islamophobic.

Federal Minister for Vitality Hammad Azhar, taking the ground of the Home, mentioned for the primary time within the nation’s historical past, Karachi was offered an extra 200MW of electrical energy.

“Presently, 500MW is being provided to Karachi and as a result of extra energy offered to the town, load-shedding has decreased,” the minister mentioned.

Azhar mentioned he had met a number of lawmakers over the difficulty of load-shedding, and throughout the conferences, it had emerged that there have been some areas the place practically 80% of the folks had not paid their payments.

The minister mentioned the areas the place payments weren’t being paid had been witnessing load-shedding.

Lashing out on the Opposition, he requested whether or not it was PM Imran Khan who had recruited linemen and metre readers on political grounds.

“Is Imran Khan liable for costly offers and corruption of earlier governments?” he went on to ask, including that it was simple to provide lengthy speeches, however it was powerful to do the proper factor.

In 2023, there can be an plentiful provide of energy within the nation, he mentioned.