PM calls for putting end to 'abhorrent practice' of desecration of holy books

PM calls for putting end to 'abhorrent practice' of desecration of holy books

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday strongly condemned yet another incident of desecration of the Holy Quran in front of an Iraqi Embassy in Denmark saying it had left Muslims all over the world deeply anguished.

The incident in Denmark is the third Islamophobic act in July with the first two occurring in Sweden.

“We, in Pakistan, are in deep pain and distress. The recurring pattern of these abominable and Satanic incidents has a sinister design: to hurt the inter-faith relations, damage peace and harmony and promote religious hatred and Islamophobia,” the premier wrote on his official twitter handle.

He called upon the governments and faith leaders in particular to put an end to such abhorrent practices.

"Let us not allow a handful of misguided and evil people to hurt the emotions of billions of people. Let them not dictate their nefarious agenda," PM Shehbaz added.

Meanwhile, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha commended Pakistan's efforts to combat and counter Islamophobia.

He was talking to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari over the telephone on Tuesday.

The telephone call was made by FM Bilawal against the backdrop of recurring incidents of the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and other European countries.

Condemning the despicable acts, the Foreign Minister briefed the OIC Secretary General about the resolution adopted by the Parliament of Pakistan in a joint sitting on 6 of this month and observance of 'Youm-e-Taqaddus Quran' across Pakistan on 7th of this month.

The foreign minister appreciated the urgency with which OIC is responding to these reprehensible acts, under the stewardship of the Secretary-General.

He commended the OIC for holding an Open-ended Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee on 2 of this month, in Jeddah, and issuance of comprehensive Communiqué after the meeting.

FM Bilawal also welcomed the OIC decision for holding Emergency Ministerial Meeting on this issue and briefed the Secretary-General about his telephone calls with the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkiye in this regard.

The foreign minister assured the Secretary-General that Pakistan stands ready to actively participate in all OIC initiatives to arrest the reprehensible tide of Islamophobia.