ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for strict action against the websites fanning hatred to create a divide in humanity.
In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the prime minister said the use of terms Islamic extremism and Islamic radical started after publication of Salman Rushdie’s book and then the 9/11.
He also urged the Muslim world to present their case at international fora and improve understanding of Islam.
The prime minister said the use of term “Islamic radicals” showed as if there was something wrong with the religion which made them radical. He said terrorism had no religion as extremists are found in every society.
He said the Muslims living in the western countries, not in the Muslim states, suffered due to Islamophobia and called for closing the gap by improving the understanding.
Imran Khan said the recent pattern of domestic terror in Western countries demanded a heightened focus on online radicalization.
He told the interviewer that he had raised the issue with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, describing him as a leader who understands the importance of fighting online hate and Islamophobia.
PM Khan said that there was not enough motivation and that some international leaders, or leaders in the Western countries, actually do not understand this phenomenon.