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    Twitter Erupts After Pakistan Joins Malaysia, Turkey to Launch TV to Counter Islamophobia

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Twitter users had a field day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that his country along with Turkey and Malaysia will jointly start an English language TV channel to confront challenges posed by Islamophobia as well as fear, hatred and prejudice against Islam and its Muslim adherents.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in New York to participate in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, took to twitter to make the announcement late Wednesday.

    This comes a day after Khan spoke at a “Countering Hate Speech” event with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

    Khan said the channel will broadcast series and films to educate and inform the world on Islamic history. Muslims will be given a dedicated media presence.

    Twitter users disagreed with Khan, calling him out by saying he should first focus on promoting English in Pakistan.

    Pakistani twitterati went all verbs blazing at Khan, asking him to focus on other issues of Pakistan, including “extremism, radicalism and bigotry”. 

    Others took jibe at Khan over that post that has garnered 17.5k mentions within 24 hours of posting.

    Other social media users, however, lauded Khan’s efforts, saying it was a much-needed step to highlight a “very sensitive issue for billions of Muslims across the world”.

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