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Pakistan Asserts Its Place in the Muslim World

MIN READMay 10, 2021 | 21:41 GMT

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan removes his facemask during a press conference on Nov. 19, 2020.

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Rising domestic pressure is pushing Pakistan to publicly voice concern over pan-Islamic issues. But in doing so, Islamabad will seek to avoid exacerbating the country’s economic crisis by alienating trade and investment partners. During a May 3 meeting, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the Islamabad-based ambassadors to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to work together to counter Islamophobia around the world. A couple of weeks earlier, Pakistan -- which is home to the world’s second-largest Muslim population -- also announced a global campaign to fight blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad in the hopes of driving conversations with the European Union and the United Nations.  ...

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