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Islamophobic assault has ‘triggered anguish amongst Muslims’, FM Qureshi tells Canadian counterpart

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Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Canadian counterpart Marc Garneau. Photograph: Information
  • FM Qureshi speaks to Canadian counterpart Marc Garneau.
  • Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciates “strong condemnatory statement” issued by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
  • Canada and Pakistan comply with work on islamophobia at United Nations and different worldwide fora.

Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday instructed his Canadian counterpart Marc Garneau that the Islamophobic assault on a Pakistani-origin household in Canada had “caused anguish among the Muslims worldwide”.

Qureshi’s remarks got here throughout a phone name with Garneau. A press launch was later issued by the Overseas Workplace which acknowledged that the 2 mentioned issues associated to the “recent tragic incident of Islamophobia in London, Ontario, and bilateral ties”.

“The Islamophobic attack is a matter of serious concern and has caused anguish among the Muslims worldwide,” the assertion quoted the overseas minister as saying. He, nevertheless, lauded the Canadian authorities, civil society, media and common public for the help they prolonged to the household of the victims of their “hour of grief”. 

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Pakistan’s high diplomat “particularly” appreciated the “strong condemnatory statement” issued by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the Islamophobic assault. He additionally expressed hope that the “perpetrator of the crime would be brought to justice”.

In the course of the dialog, Qureshi additionally briefed the Canadian overseas minister on the efforts taken by the Pakistani authorities to “raise awareness and to curtail the growing Islamophobic tendencies”. He emphasised that the intentional neighborhood must develop a “common resolve” towards rising “Islamophobia and promote peaceful coexistence and interfaith harmony”.

The 2 agreed to work collectively on countering Islamophobia by way of coordinated efforts at varied worldwide fora. In addition they agreed to instruct their envoys on the United Nations to “work together” on the difficulty. Each additionally agreed to stay in shut contact.

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Muslim household of 4 killed in ‘premeditated’ assault

A person driving a pick-up truck slammed into and killed 4 members of a Muslim household in Canada’s Ontario province, in what police and officers mentioned Monday was a premeditated assault motivated by “hatred”.

A 20-year-old suspect carrying a vest “like body armor” fled the scene on Sunday night, and was arrested at a mall seven kilometres (4 miles) from the intersection in London, Ontario the place the assault occurred, mentioned Detective Superintendent Paul Waight.

“There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate. It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim,” he instructed a information convention.

Canada’s Minister of Public Security Invoice Blair had described it as a “horrific act of Islamophobia.”

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“They believe the family was targeted because of their faith, and that the attacker was motivated by his hatred of Muslims,” he mentioned.

The suspect, recognized as Nathaniel Veltman, has been charged with 4 counts of first-degree homicide and one depend of tried homicide.

Waight mentioned native authorities are additionally liaising with federal police and the legal professional common about including “possible terrorism charges.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he was “horrified” by the assault.

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“To the loved ones of those who were terrorised by yesterday’s act of hatred, we are here for you,” he mentioned, singling out the nine-year-old in hospital.

“To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you. Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. This hate is insidious and despicable — and it must stop,” he added.

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