During a keynote address at the inaugural session of the 48th Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that ‘vulgar and obscene’ content on social media was leading to divorce and sexual deviancy.
“I believe Islamic values never have been under so much threat as they are right now,” the prime minister said, citing the growing incidences of divorce, sex crimes and child abuse in Pakistan.
“Upon investigation, it was discovered that mobile phones – the sort of pornographic material available to children on phones – were causing havoc in society,” the prime minister said. He stated the the increasing vulgarity online was damaging the family system, leading to divorces.
PM Imran warned of ‘social media culture’, adding that “we really need to think [about] how we are going to protect our generations.”
The prime minister also condemned Islamophobia worldwide. “Why was Islam equated with terrorism?” Imran questioned. “We, the Muslim countries, did not do anything to stop this narrative,” the prime minister told the foreign dignitaries, adding that by positioning some countries as ‘moderate Muslims’, it implied the existence of a radical version of Islam.
He lauded the resolution against Islamophobia adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which proclaims March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia.
The prime minister also said that the OIC had ‘failed’ both the Palestinians and the people of Kashmir. “I am sad to say that we have been able to make no impact at all,” he said, claiming that the international community did not take the OIC ‘seriously’ because Muslim countries are “a divided house and those in power know it.”
In an opening speech earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had stated that one of the central pillars of Pakistan’s foreign policy is ‘promoting solidarity and cooperation within the Muslim Ummah’.