Turkish and Pakistani complaints about Islamophobia are hypocritical because they often suppress or silence non-Muslim communities, Kunwar Khuldune Shahid writes in US audience on wednesday.
In addition to imagining himself as the leader of the Muslim world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also waged war on Islamophobia, as did Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. The two leaders even launched a the ‘anti-Islamophobia’ channel last year
“But while Erdogan and Khan quickly gave Western lectures about the fate of the Muslim minority, the voices of the non-Muslim community often drowned in Turkey and Pakistan,” Shahid said.
While Erdogan ordered last week Hagia Sophia’s re-conversion The museum became a mosque, Khan recently asked the Pakistan Islamic Ideology Council to decide whether Islam tolerates the construction of non-Muslim places of worship.
“Khan’s actions are reminiscent of Erdogan’s own anti-Christian power struggle. Over the years, Turkish authorities have confiscated the church and turned it into a mosque, “Shahid said.
Turkey continues to deny Armenian Genocide, while Khan leads Pakistan who has never recognized the genocide against Bengali. Pakistan has historically viewed the Hindu population as Indian sympathizers, much of Turkey’s hostility towards Christians is rooted in its opposition to Greece and Cyprus, he said.
“When they call ‘Islamophobia’, their unwavering search to ‘straighten out’ about Islam also unites Erdogan and Khan,” Shahid said. “And as a result, religious minorities in Turkey and Pakistan have lost.”
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