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Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday underlined the need for making an international law to prevent sacrilegious films.

Talking to a private channel, Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Pakistan was the first country that registered protest at national level against the provocative film.

He also said that the government had condemned the film at all forums and given the call for an OIC meeting, for effectively tackling such sensitive issues in future.

Kaira said that President Asif Ali Zardari would highlight the issue in his address at the UN forum and convey sentiments of all the Pakistanis in this regard.

Moreover, he expressed his dismay over the recent violent protests against the anti-Islam film, saying such acts undermined the government's efforts to send a strong collective message against the film.

Replying to a question, the minister said it was unfortunate that the Punjab government showed lukewarm response and did not take action against the violent protesters.

Furthermore, he added that Punjab government was involved in points scoring even on sensitive matters to win support of rightist voters.

Kaira said that policy of compromise in dealing with violent protestors had undermined the state institutions.

He said it would have been far better to register a collective response by attending the seminars and conferences scheduled on Friday by the government at the provincial and federal levels.

The minister also lamented the media's role by giving live coverage to incidents of sabotage thus further fuelling the violence.

He added that the PEMRA would send notices to these channels for violating the code of conduct while covering the protests.

He said that the announcement of holiday on Friday helped to minimize losses.

He said there was no justification of violence after the condemnation of the anti-Islam film by the Cabinet, parliament and the Foreign Office.

He said the situation would have not taken ugly shape had Rawalpindi police taken timely action to stop entry of protestors to Islamabad.

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adeel
September 25, 2012 7:02 am
Oh I gt it Mr jitender because crimes happen in park we must let it also happen everywhere else... no because we ccannot ctrl one act of injustice we must let all of them happen.... lol...... n because India is such a tolerant country with only 23 insurgencies, in fact entire communities are wiped out, n America the hholders of liberation .... cent even ctrl crime in Detroit and other states and jail u without proof.... such a fair world...... I believe wrong is wrong in pak, India or America or anywhere else in the world but that cent justify sacrilegious futile and pathetic attempts to undermine anyones faith. N God knows best. Peac3
mike (USA)
September 25, 2012 7:11 am
How proud are we in providing a day off to terrorist and thugs for killing innocent civilians and to destroy our own public property? The world really appreciate Pakistan being the first world leader to call Taliban and Al Qaeda and offering $100,000 to kill the film maker. How proud are we to provide support and sympathies with these teariest organization to ban woman from school. How proud are we by promoting religious in tolerance in our school books. World is proud of Pakistan... Shame... Shame... Shame
Yousef
September 25, 2012 7:09 am
Freedom of speech. I am not in favor of an international law. It violates a human beings freedom to express views. Muslims should show tolerance towards people with different views. The riots and killings around the world put a bad mark on Muslims worldwide. The Prophet was peaceful. If you look at the events of the past few weeks. A film was produced in America and it was strongly Condemed by the US government that should have been the end of the discussion. There was no need for people to protest. Why was the US Embassy attacked? Why are Churches being burnt? Why are people dying? In Sydney why are lttle kids holding up Behead those who insult the prophet signs? Why are muslims protesting in Sydney with signs saying Death to Obama we love Osama....When Da Vinci Code, or Last Temptation of Christ came out there were no deadly protets by Christians as they express tollerance....Bart and Lisa Simpson are putting their head through a LastSupper Painting....Jesus has his own talkshow on Southpark...Im a Christian Pakistani and I have an open mind and respect al religions and also support freedom of speech.
Jitendra Sharma
September 25, 2012 6:37 am
respected minister,first of all advocate for a international law to prevent sacrilegious killings and atrocities, kidnappings, conversions ect. which happens in routine in pakistan.
Manoj
September 26, 2012 5:01 pm
Beware You are Speaking against Quran Mr. Adeel.
ip
September 25, 2012 7:12 am
Wouldn't it be wiser in the 21st century to advocate for international laws against discrimination, human trafficking, environmental degradation, crimes against women and children, or the hundreds of other burning problems the world, especially the under-developed world, faces today? A law against 'sacrilege'? Who defines what is sacrilege, Mr Minister? What may be sacrilegeous to you, may not, to me. Why does Pakistan feel compelled to push its religious agenda on the world? Leave religion to history, that's where it belongs, along with other irrational schools of thought that humans have progressed beyond.
homo sapien
September 25, 2012 5:24 am
Our beloved prophet (saw) was sacrilegious towards the pagan religions that existed during his period. I believe our beautiful religion was a result of some bold sacrilegious verses by the prophet, so I believe we should not outlaw sacrilegious movies.
Shankar
September 25, 2012 9:59 am
Freedom of speech stretched too far is going too far. If hate speech can be banned why not speech that can offend others? It is totally ridiculous to justify non banning of such offensive movies under the guise of freedom of speech.
Sue Sturgess
September 25, 2012 4:58 am
Anyone who finds any movie offensive is free not to watch it, however they are not free to tell others what they can and cannot watch. I am sure many christians considered The Life of Brian to be sacriligious, but there was never any outcry to have it banned. There are many different opinions regarding religion, and the world is large enough to accommodate them all.
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