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Cooperation among Muslim countries vital to fight Islamophobia: Iranian envoy

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ISLAMABAD: Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, on Thursday stressed the need for close cooperation among Muslim countries to deal with the hype of Islamophobia and incidents of blasphemy.

“Pakistan’s role in countering the threat of Islamophobia around the world on diplomatic fronts is commendable.”

Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini expressed his views during a meeting with Federal Minister for Human Rights Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Thursday.

On this occasion, the Iranian Ambassador addressed his congratulations to the Minister for his assumption of office and congratulated him for the successful accomplishment of his various political missions. He said Iran was willing to strengthen mutual cooperation in the field of human rights and especially judicial cooperation.

Human Rights Secretary Afzal Latif and other senior ministry officials were also present at the meeting. During the meeting, the two parties reaffirmed their willingness to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights.

Pirzada said Pakistan and Iran are bound by brotherly relations spanning more than seven decades and based on cultural, religious and historical commonalities.

The Iranian ambassador said the Iranian government is particularly focused on women’s rights and empowerment. He stressed having strong economic and trade ties and maximum cooperation in prisoner exchange. He invited the minister to visit Iran to attend a ceremony in August where a side meeting would also be organized to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights. He mentioned about two memorandums of understanding between the two governments on extradition/exchange of prisoners and on the protection and promotion of human rights.

The Minister of Human Rights underlined the tremendous opportunities for cooperation that exist between the two neighboring countries. He said the people of Pakistan have deep devotion and respect for Iran because of the warmth and facilities that the Iranian government has provided for pilgrimages, especially at the Taftan border.

“We are inspired for human rights by the teachings of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). But now the world is ruled by these promulgators of human rights who have themselves committed grave human rights violations that can never be erased from the dark chapters of human history,” Riaz emphasized. Pirzada. He also praised the Iranian government for its perseverance and struggle in the face of decades of propaganda and economic sanctions imposed by the West and the United States.