A big diplomatic success for Pakistan

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A big diplomatic success for Pakistan

*The United Nations (UN) has adopted a resolution calling for the protection of religious sites.*

The resolution titled Promoting a Culture of Peace and Tolerance to Safeguard Religious Sites, adopted by consensus was co-sponsored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other OIC countries, *Radio Pakistan*reported. It condemns offences against religious sites and also denounces any move to obliterate or forcibly convert any holy sites.

In a tweet, Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram said he was happy that the resolution was adopted and said that Pakistan will continue to play a leading role in denouncing violent attacks on religious sites.

Under its terms, the resolution invites the Secretary-General to convene a global conference aimed at advancing the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, involving governments, political figures, religious leaders, civil society and the media, among other stakeholders, *Arab News* reported.

The resolution also emphasized that freedom of religion, belief, opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of association are interdependent, interrelated and mutually reinforcing.