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ISLAMABAD: On Thursday Prime Minister Imran Khan took a strong stance on the issue of the blasphemous caricatures in the Netherlands.
In a video message, the prime minister urged for unity by giving a straightforward message regarding the contest that had stirred unrest and had impacted feelings of the Muslim community across the globe.
“The caricatures in Holland is blasphemy in the glory of the beloved and esteemed Holy Prophet (PBUH). This is not the issue of a few, but Muslims across the world.
“The people in the West don’t realize that Holy Prophet (PBUH) lives in our hearts. And any form disrespect hurts the sentiments of all Muslims.”
He said that the Western world does not look towards religion in the same way as Muslims and we as citizens need to unite to exhibit a strong message. “This will not happen if just one Muslim country takes stance or summons the ambassador to register their protest,” he said.
PM Imran Khan takes a strong stance on the issue of the blasphemous caricatures that have hurt sentiments across the Muslim world. He categorically stated that it is not the issue of a few people,it hurts the sentiments of the community of over a billion Muslims across the globe. pic.twitter.com/tznpIvf4wE
— PTI (@PTIofficial) August 30, 2018
Khan further added the Muslim world needs to unite under the banner of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and protest in the upcoming session of the United Nations.
“It merely depends on the Muslim world to take a united stand, and be unanimous in its assertion at the upcoming United Nations session that our sentiments are hurt by the repeated incidents of blasphemy,” he asserted.
He said that Pakistan will lead the narrative along with countries of the OIC for laws to be introduced in order to protect a peaceful global community against disrespect of such a manner.
“It is not form of freedom of expression to hurt the sentiments of a community of a billion people across the globe,” he said.
PM Imran said the he has instructed Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who has has already reached out to several countries of the OIC to register a strong protest in the UN.
He said that a handful of anti-religion individuals spread mischief and disaccord, seeking opportunity to malign Islam so as to rile up the Western world under the guise of freedom of expression.
“We need to make them understand the unified attempts to safeguard Muslims’ religion by staging a strong protest that promises our success”