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Did UNESCO really give Islam a 'Certificate of Peace'? Radio Pakistan spreads weird misinformation

06:56 PM | 11 Jul, 2016
Did UNESCO really give Islam a 'Certificate of Peace'? Radio Pakistan spreads weird misinformation
LAHORE - Radio Pakistan released a fake news report today claiming that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had declared Islam the most peaceful religion of the world and awarded the religion a certificate to this effect.

"UNESCO in its statement on Tuesday stated that a study was carried out with International Peace Foundation in which all religions were reviewed to know which was the most peaceful of them all," said Radio Pakistan.

“After six months of study and analysis, they have concluded that Islam is the most peaceful religion,” the national broadcaster added.

According to the report, the UN body also refuted allegations that Islam promoted terrorism, maintaining that attacks done on the pretext of Islam had nothing to do with Islam.
Islam

But Daily Pakistan did not find enough evidence which substantiates the report published by Radio Pakistan, which has been widely reproduced in the local and international media since its release.

The Certificate which was supposedly signed by Irina Georgieva Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, and bore the logos of International Peace Foundation and UNESCO, displayed the incorrect logo of the International Peace Foundation.

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The actual logo of the International Peace Foundation, taken from its website.


 

UNESCO's official website, as accessed today, also contained no announcement corroborating Radio Pakistan's report. The News feed of the "4th day of July 2016" was checked and no evidence was found to confirm the News issued by Radio Pakistan.

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Some observers have criticized the report for being 'absurd' and questioned why Radio Pakistan thought that the religion, the second-largest in the world, needed to be validated by a foreign organization that has nothing to do with religion or religious practice.

"Does any religion need a certificate of Peace? or is there a need of being Certified by UNESCO or is this even something desirable by our overwhelmingly anti-western society?" questioned one observer, who preferred not to be named.

Radio Pakistan has yet to clarify why it chose to release the falsified report.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at raohamzafree@gmail.com. He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 25 May 2024

      
Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 25, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.35 74.1
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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