Fareeha Shamim is a Research Associate at the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII). She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics with a focus in International Ethics from Mount Holyoke College. Prior to joining SSII, Fareeha was working with the AJK government as a Research and Liaison officer. She has previously worked as an intern at Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on religion and politics in Asia, ethics of war and peace, and the Kashmir dispute.

Growing Islamophobia Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Islamophobic sentiments transcend boundaries. In February 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, a gunman killed nine people at two shisha bars in the German city of Hanau. A few days earlier, the German police had arrested 12 men on suspicion that they were planning to attack “persons of the Muslim faith”. In the same month, the London mosque stabbing incident, albeit under different circumstances, added to the growing incidents of violent attacks against Muslims.

The Kashmir Quagmire, Rising Islamophobia and Hindu Nationalism

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2019 touched upon four key points: climate change, money laundering, Islamophobia, and the Kashmir dispute. The sequence of the issues discussed, while highlighting their significance for Pakistan, reflected a well-thought-out strategy to galvanise the world’s attention toward Kashmir —…