Davos: Islam is the "most misunderstood" and
"misrepresented" faith in the world, Pakistan Foreign Minister
Hina Rabbani Khar said on Thursday and acknowledged that illiterate
and irresponsible people have been allowed to take the
religion in their hands.
"In my mind Islam is the most misunderstood and
misrepresented religion in the world. For example, Islam is
the one religion that reinforces respect for women but we, the
entire world must take responsibility because we have let
Islam to be misrepresented," Khar said during a debate on
Democracy at the World Economic Forum (WEF) here.
She said Islam supports best of the democracies and her
country would become the best example of this fact in ten
years of time.
"If you ask whether Islam will come in the way of
democracy, it is the other way round. Islam supports best of
the democracies. Islam and democracy are not contradictory
forces. They are rather supportive forces. Pakistan will
become the best example of this fact in ten years of time.
"We have to take Islam away from the hands of the left
overs of the society. We have let illiterate and irresponsible
people take Islam in their hands. But it is also the duty of
the Western world to understand the difference. They have been
very biased on various occasions," she added
"A big bias has been shown say in cases like Palestine
and Kashmir," she alleged.