Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday has urged the Western World to take notice of the growing trend of Islamophobia and take appropriate measures to eliminate this menace.
In his policy statement in the National Assembly this evening, he said the killing of four Pakistani-Canadian citizens is a demonstration of hate crimes while chances of terrorism cannot be ruled out in this incident.
The Foreign Minister said the aggrieved family has been living peacefully in Canada for the last 10 years, but became the victim of the hatred due to Islamic belief.
The head of the victim's family was a physiotherapist and a peace-loving citizen while the affected family is still reluctant to come forward, he added.
FM Qureshi during the telephone conversation has requested the Canadian Prime Minister to meet the affected family and restore the confidence of the people.
Canadian PM also pledged support to end Islamophobia in his Tweet.
FM also requested Canada to play its part in the ordeal and share the grief of the bereaved family.
As Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise in the West for some time and the increase in such incidents is worrying. He stressed Western world must take steps to stop Islamophobia. “In such cases, the element of hatred of Islam prevails,”
He assured that government will assist members of the affected family as the Pakistani nation is feeling grief over this inhuman and tragic incident.
He told the house that during his conversation with the Canadian High Commissioner, conveyed the emotions of the people of Pakistan in this matter whereas survivors have decided to bury the martyrs in Canada.
He said Pakistan High Commission in Canada is in contact with the aggrieved family to offer any kind of assistance.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the Pakistani and Muslim community living in Canada should reach out to the aggrieved family to console with it. While he requested human rights activists to raise their voices on Islamophobia.