Disrespecting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is violation of religious freedom, PM Imran welcomes Putin’s statement

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Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan has hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that disrespecting Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) does not count as an “expression of artistic freedom”.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister urged Muslim leaders to spread this message to leaders of non-Muslim world to counter Islamophobia.

Earlier, in his annual news conference Russian President Vladimir Putin said insulting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) does not count as expression of artistic freedom.

He said insults to the Prophet (PBUH) are violation of religious freedom and sacred feelings of people who profess Islam.

Putin stated that these acts give rise to extremist reprisals, citing the attack on the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris as an example after it published blasphemous sketches of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Russia’s TASS news agency reported.