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While last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo sparked global outrage, dozens of people Peshawar paid tribute on January 13 to the brothers who carried out the murders. -  AFP PHOTO
While last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo sparked global outrage, dozens of people Peshawar paid tribute on January 13 to the brothers who carried out the murders. - AFP PHOTO

ISLAMABAD: As the Parliament on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution tabled against blasphemous caricatures published in French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dozens in Lahore marched against the publication.

In a statement issued from Riyadh, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also condemned the French magazine.

"Freedom of speech should not be used to hurt religious sentiments of any community," the statement read, adding that publication of provocative material should be discouraged by the international community.

In the National Assembly, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique tabled the resolution and read it out.

The resolution called upon the international community, including Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the European Union (EU), to take action against publishing such material.

"These cartoons are a conspiracy to create misunderstanding among civilisations," the resolution reads.

Original text of the resolution passed in the National Assembly.
Original text of the resolution passed in the National Assembly.

The House maintained that such moves by Charlie Hebdo are against freedom of expression, and said "ridiculous religious material is condemnable".

Speaking to media representatives outside the Parliament House, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Shahjahan Yousaf said that parliamentarians along with the people of Pakistan are against such acts, adding that they will not be tolerated.

Later, Rafique said that all political parties have unanimously condemned the act the French publication as such elements are being used to defame Islam. He added that Pakistan always vowed for religious rights while such elements are conspiring against the Muslim Ummah.

Lawmakers, led by Rafique, marched outside Parliament, chanting the slogan "In the service of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we are willing to die". Dozens of parliamentarians, including women, participated in the march.

Imran Khan says people should not be offended over religious beliefs

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, during a press conference in Islamabad said that the world today is a global village, and people should not be hurt based on their religious beliefs. He added that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should address this issue as the West views religion differently than this region.

“I want to understand why the OIC is not addressing this issue," Khan questioned.

Khan further explained that the OIC must address the fact that the entire Muslim world is being condemned for the actions of a few (the Charlie Hebdo attackers) who resort to extremism.

Khan spoke about the caricatures by the French publication and expressed that sales of the magazine could possibly increase extremism.

"I don’t understand the purpose of what this magazine is trying to do. I feel that if more copies of this magazine are sold, extremism will increase," the PTI chairman lamented. "It seems as though they are provoking people by doing this [making caricatures]”.

Lahore witnesses rallies denouncing French magazine

Protesters denouncing the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo marched to the American Consulate in Lahore Thursday.

Tehreek-i-Sirat-i-Mustaqeem held a rally outside the Punjab Assembly, which has now reached the American Consulate in Lahore. While passionately sloganeering, the protesters said that the French publication's decision to publish a blasphemous cartoons after the attack on its office will not be tolerated.

Traffic is clogged as a result of the protest as a heavy contingent of police is deployed outside the Consulate.

Last week, the magazine's offices in Paris were attacked by gunmen, killing 12 people in cold blood in the worst attack in France in decades.

More on this: Editor among 12 killed in attack on Paris weekly

Victims included four prominent cartoonists, among them the editor-in-chief, Stephane Charbonnier, who had lived under police protection for years after receiving death threats.

The satirical newspaper gained notoriety in Feb 2006 when it reprinted sacrilegious cartoons that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten. The cartoons set off a wave of violence in the Middle East which claimed 50 lives.

Its offices were fire-bombed in Nov 2011 when it published an objectionable sketch. Despite being taken to court under anti-racism laws, the weekly continued to publish controversial cartoons.

Earlier this week, the publication ran its first issue since the attacks, featuring a bearded man holding a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie").

While last week's attack sparked global outrage, dozens of people in Peshawar paid tribute Tuesday to the brothers who carried out the murders.

Explore: Peshawar rally pays tribute to Charlie Hebdo attackers

Pakistan condemns deadly Paris shooting: FO

Last week, the Foreign Office had condemned the deadly shooting at Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

FO spokesperson Tasneem Aslam had said that Pakistan deplores all forms of terrorism and extends condolences to the government of France and its citizens for the loss of life.

Aslam had also said that Pakistan's stance over blasphemous cartoons is very clear. While strongly condemning the attack, she added that Pakistan in the past had moved a resolution in the United Nations and the world needs to get out of Islamophobia.

Aslam had further said, "we are confident that the international community will persist in standing firm against terrorism and that the culprits behind terrorist activities will be brought to justice."

Take a look: Pakistan condemns deadly Paris shooting: FO

Comments (101) Closed

Parvez Jan 15, 2015 02:49pm

Nothing wrong in this.........if at the same time parliament did something for the people........but that they don't.

Humanity Jan 15, 2015 02:53pm

Extremisism in every form should be condemned, whether it is by westerners. This is extremism by West by not giving due honour to the noblest of men. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). We muslims respect all the noble personalities of every religion. Same should be demonstrated by all.

Harmony Jan 15, 2015 02:53pm

Was there a resolution when innocent people were killed there by terrorists?

Nilesh Jan 15, 2015 02:54pm

I am sure your parliament has passed a unanimous resolution when the terrorists killed 12 People in Paris as well. Oh wait, no they didn't!!

Nisi Jan 15, 2015 02:56pm

Nothing more they can do? It can be more beneficial to raise issue with France Government and convince them how these publications hurting Muslims at large.

Charan Jan 15, 2015 02:57pm

What exactly is the necessity to pass a resolution about some cartoons in another country when Pakistan itself is burning??This is madness..sheer madness..I guess this is a waste of precious parliament time..

Indian Friend Jan 15, 2015 02:59pm

What a joke.. I think the first law which needs to be repealed in Pakistan is that of Blasphemy. By making this as a law you are training your citizens to be intolerant and reactive. It has done soo much damage and taken so many innocent lives. All mature religions done have this concept of blasphemy and heresy. Christianity has dumped it long back and Hinuism, Buddhism etc never had these concepts. Build mature nation not jokers who burn their houses.

Pushpendra Jan 15, 2015 03:01pm

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique must focused on railway, which is in shameful and horrific condition.

Anarchist a Jan 15, 2015 03:05pm

Sad Rafique should have also tabled a resolution condemning killing of journalists in Islam's name, which ironically strenghthen Islamophobic voices.

harsh Jan 15, 2015 03:05pm

pakistan have moved resolutuon against blasphamy do you know if it passed ,, how many ppl in pakistan n middle east will be arrested for blasphmay agaisnt judiasm xianity and hinduism ? or is this resolution is only against blasphmay against islam?

harsh Jan 15, 2015 03:06pm

stupid people think god need them to save itself from insult.. god which made entire universe get offended from some cartoons... hail to pak NA and govt who make such blapshmay law

harsh Jan 15, 2015 03:07pm

@Harmony Do you respect modi ?

harsh Jan 15, 2015 03:09pm

irony they never pass resolution against xenophobia in muslim for other religion why so?

SAT GOEL Jan 15, 2015 03:12pm

It was very wrong of the French magazine to publish anything which hurts any religion even with the freedom of the press. But it was unacceptable for some to take away lives of 17 people for that. God gives life and no human being should be allowed to extinguish that. God, give us wisdom to know what is right or wrong.

harsh Jan 15, 2015 03:15pm

we see muslim condemming idol hindu gods. xian jews belief calling der scripture are corrupted . converting nonmuslim is considered as duty etc etc isnt that also insult ,what if xian hindu jews feel in same way and make law or kill those who do this?

Harmony Jan 15, 2015 03:19pm

@harsh - What's my comment got to do with modi?

Akbaruddin Jan 15, 2015 03:20pm

How about a resolution against China's ban of burqa and ban on fast during holy month?

Ahmed Jan 15, 2015 03:22pm

@Nisi Terrorist killing in the name of Islam HURTS MUSLIMS MORE!!! Ever cared about that?

doniya Jan 15, 2015 03:25pm

Who cares? Pakistan government should only care about destroying terrorists in Pakistan who kill innocent daily. This is between France and middle east nation not Pakistan.

Huzaifah Jan 15, 2015 03:26pm

Good Move....

Saadat Jan 15, 2015 03:28pm

"Rage is a sign of nothing but immaturity. The power of any faith comes not from its coercion of critics and dissenters. It comes from the moral integrity and intellectual strength of its believers"

Rashid Sultan Jan 15, 2015 03:29pm

All this calls for us to be open minded and bigger than are little selves. God & prophets of all religions, all expired thousands of years ago, don't need humans living today to commit heinous crimes in their name or a collective resolution in any fora including the NA. Waste of energy and time. Poverty, disease, want and mistreatment of & by others are more offensive than anything printed in newspapers and magazines the world over. GROW UP!

Imran Jan 15, 2015 03:30pm

The outcome of anything is very important. Only after the act, it can be described that whether it was good or bad. Charlie Hebo published blasphemous cartoons which resulted in loss of lives and creation of xenophobia. Should we call it a good act or bad?

Jawad U Rahman Jan 15, 2015 03:31pm

Our leaders and leaders use the same language as extremists. They must learn how to behave responsibly if tgey expect to lead Pakistan out of this mess. A senior government official declaring 'we are willing to die...' is not setting a good example for his countrymen. Don't expect rule of law to prevail in the country, if the rulers are busy cashing in on emotions and sentiments.

Akram Jan 15, 2015 03:37pm

no Pakistani will support such cartoons, but what is the point in wasting valuable parliamentary time condemning this? is France going to retract this? The NA should instead do something fruitful with its time like trying to sort out Pakistans tax to gdp ratio.

Naveen Jan 15, 2015 03:38pm

Pakistan will not change, because of it's double standards. Most of world leaders did a march with millions of people in Paris against Paris attacks. Pakistan parliament should have passed a resolution condemning the killing of 12 innocent people, but sadly it did not. It should have passed a resolution condemning china for banning Burqa, Islamic beards, headwear and clothing. China banned students and government staff from Ramadan fasting, while officials have also tried to encourage locals in Xinjiang not to wear Islamic veils.

Paddy Jan 15, 2015 03:40pm

Horrible and Shameful.....Instead of focusing upon Improvements in Railways, Minister for Railways is busy in such acts.......At least do something for DRACONIAN Blasphemy act..

Riaz Jan 15, 2015 03:40pm

A welcome step; Government should take up the matter with west to stop this TERRORISM at the pretext of freedom of expression.

SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV Jan 15, 2015 03:41pm

Islam teaches to be very very tolerant but here everyone in hurry to react.

Naveen Jan 15, 2015 03:41pm

Biggest loser in this conflict is muslims and the biggest benefactor is Charlie Hebdo. Till last week Charlie Hebdo was printing 60,000 copies. This week they printed 5 million copies with Mohammed on the front page, still all the copies are sold out with demand for more printing.

SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV Jan 15, 2015 03:42pm

Make pakistan a secular nation and you will get rid of most of your problems you are facing how a days.

SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV Jan 15, 2015 03:45pm

You can not expect anything constructive from Pakistan now a days. Not even a month has past more than 120 innocent school children were massacred and one of your leading politician has just got married, you have granted bail to a known terrorist and now supporting terrorist of Paris.

Faisal Jan 15, 2015 03:49pm

@Nilesh Did yours pass any resolution?

David Caree Jan 15, 2015 03:52pm

Freedom of expression is not absolute anywhere. Act of terrorism are always condemned by civilised nations Mr. Nilesh and they their condemnation doesn't need to be renewed in parliaments. On the other hand absolute freedom of expression is never possible and a line must be drawn. Charlie Hebdo claims that they don't exempt any fact of life from being satirical and i think this claim is shallow.

Just like Charlie Hebdo drew cartoons of desultory infants born in war torn Iraq an Syria to derive giggle out of human condition, one can draw only a few cartoons about the 12 people died in the attack, in an attempt to derive giggle out of their suffering right at the moment of the most painful experience for them and also for the survivors.

Won't this traumatise Charlie Hebdo, France and rest of the world ? It should, shouldn't it ? Though according to their own definition IT MUST'NT, and if it doesn't then there is something really wrong with their scruples. If it does then they don't comply to their own standards.

My heart sinks when i see human in pain, including soldiers going to Iraq, people being killed in Israel, Palestine etc etc. My heart also sinks when i see human in metal pain and i felt it when Muhammad cartoons were published, when malformed babies' cartoons were published, when Jews were mocked etc.

Labeling Charlie simply as freedom of expression/freedom of press in incitement of hate towards identifiable groups. By large this institution is unscrupulous based of mentally sick and uneducable bunch who are only obsessed with causing stir to gain fame or defame, and it should cease to exist.

farhad Jan 15, 2015 03:56pm

in our NA, these guys need to clean the mess first which had brought country on the brink of identifying good and bad talibans.... don't hoodwink the nation by such showbiz games, nation knows you inside out your real faces... OIC, another mockery and laughing stock for entire world to enjoy. don't be part of it, concentrate and focus on bringing back peace and get us the electricity for which you were voted for not for toying and enjoying the sessions.

Truth Jan 15, 2015 03:58pm

Hats off to Saad Rafiq and NA....

Shafiq khan Jan 15, 2015 04:03pm

@Nisi A strange scenario, the Parliament never considers the hurt they cause to the minority communities in Pakistan. Your blasphemy laws are a disgrace to humanity. You can not have one rule for one section of the Pakistani population and another for the rest. Your Mullahs from every mosque useing loudspeakers show disrespect to every other religion and use language which is not normative of civilised people against their opponant Muslims.

what credibility can your resolution possibly have in the world comity ?

your Members of the Islamic Court are ignorant and give judgements which are considered insane, to your own people in Pakistan. You claim that " Islam is a religion of peace" then the intolerance of other religions goes on unabated.

There is no doubt that Islam is a religion of peace , but you believe that killing those who do not agree with is ok.

Mani Jan 15, 2015 04:05pm

"In the service of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we are willing to die" What a joke. What aspect of his teachings do you follow? You lie, cheat and loot. The country's national institutions are a royal mess. The courts seldom provide justice. Poverty is on the rise while you keep getting richer and fatter. Perhaps you are right. You dying may be a good omen for the nation.

Sher Jatt Jan 15, 2015 04:08pm

waste of parliamentary time, they should be doing something constructive for the country instead.

M Jan 15, 2015 04:11pm

The perfect response to all of this is to give this issue no importance at all. What do we achieve by passing resolutions or organizing protests in favor of killers? The sole beneficiary of all of this is Charlie Hebdo and the sympathizers of the so-called Freedom of Speech. By giving cases like these importance, we only add fuel to the fire. Everyone knows what will happen next. Protests will be organized, fiery mullahs will issue fatwas, and some fanatics will burn down their own cities in response. Please act with maturity.

Gaz Jan 15, 2015 04:11pm

I suggest people do some research on the prophet and Islam. The blasphemy laws are all man made by scholars who were leaned on political leadership just like the way the Saudi clerics have passed a law forbidding protest.

bauke Jan 15, 2015 04:16pm

"In the service of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we are willing to die". I always thougt they were elected to serve the people of Paksitan, but it's very human to be willing to do the inevetable: to die.

Shafiq khan Jan 15, 2015 04:16pm

@Saadat my sage friend, morals, integrity and strength of belief: pray, where would you find in Pakistan, in the parliament, the government or the khakis ?

Babbarsher Khan Jan 15, 2015 04:18pm

Let's first learn to respect lives of minorities in our own country and exercise tolerance at home before we start preaching to others. When Shias, Ahmedis, Christians and others die at the hands of so called warrior of the faith we hardly seem to take notice. We needed cold blooded murder of more than hundred innocent lives to jolt our conscience and learn that all kind of Taliban are our enemy.

Manoj Jan 15, 2015 04:19pm

'Blasphemy' is a Western word. There is no such thing in reality. Moral policing is immoral. Period.

Bharat Jan 15, 2015 04:19pm

From where I see .. murder is worse crime than a stupid cartoon.

khanm Jan 15, 2015 04:27pm

@Humanity we don't live in a perfect world.... unfortunately....

Sunny Jan 15, 2015 04:28pm

John Kerry left and NA passed resolution....what a coincidence...

lafanga Jan 15, 2015 04:32pm

@SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV And India is secular I guess where the ruling party BJP is eerily quiet on RSS "ghar wapsi" conversions of Muslims and Christians. Same RSS which supports BJP. Please don't lecture others on secularism.

p r sharma Jan 15, 2015 04:33pm

The resolution is for the domestic audience consumption as appeasement policy to garner votes.

khanm Jan 15, 2015 04:34pm

I have only one question for the western societies.... is verbal or written provocation come under freedom of dear Muslims brother....To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind..... violence leads to no where fast... it is a vicious circle....

Sunil Jan 15, 2015 04:37pm

At least the national assembly got some job to do, pass a resolution.

munir Jan 15, 2015 04:39pm

salute to Pakistani parliament

Ehtesham Jan 15, 2015 04:43pm

Why would you protest a french magazine by marching to the US consulate !? Can someone explain to these idiots that France and US have an Atlantic ocean in between, and have historically not been the friendliest of countries !

Malik Saab Jan 15, 2015 04:48pm

Parliament used the sentence "These cartoons are a conspiracy to create misunderstanding among civilisations"...Who told our people that we are a different civilization than them,?. For the last 300 years we are infact living on the innovations of the Western Civilization. The Pakistani Civilization even if it exists is too primitive to be a part of the modern world.

Also if some Pakistani wants to see that how we curtail freedom of Expression and Speech then just read Ordinance XX of the Constitution of Pakistan. In Our country An Ahmedi is not even allowed to say "Asslam Alliqum" and if any Ahmedi is found with a Quran then he could be jailed for around 2 years.

So while we are protesting against the Freedom of Speech and Expression in France we are doing the same in Pakistan. French are doing so against Muslims while Muslims in Pakistan are doing it among each other.

Baba Jan 15, 2015 04:50pm

Reading about the Hebdo affair I am reminded of a story. George Bernhard Shaw walking down the streets of London was struck by the point of the umbrella of a young man coming from the opposite direction. On objecting, the young man stated "sorry, but this is a free country" to which the great playwright replied "young man, your freedom ends where my nose begins".

I think 'freedom' is the least understood expression by humanity.

Ajaz Malik Jan 15, 2015 05:03pm

@Harmony It wasn't ISLAM that committed this heinous act, It was the terrorists. The world condemned this! including these politicians. The is the sentiment of 1.5 BILLIONS MUSLIMS and ISLAM being ridiculed here.

Enough with the DOUBLE STANDARDS.

Ajaz Malik Jan 15, 2015 05:03pm

The act committed has nothing to do with Islam. They were terrorists who committed this heinous act NOT Muslims. Terrorists do not have a religion. The WORLD condemned the attack.

We ALL want to know the boundaries and limits to the term "Freedom of Speech" . When Jews are ridiculed, it's Anti-Semitism. When ethnic minorities are targeted, it's racism. BUT when Islam is defamed, it's "Freedom of Speech"?!

I would like to know when these Double-standards are going to end?!

ss Jan 15, 2015 05:05pm

I hope the Pakistanis notice that parliaments of other muslim natiaons do not seem to have passed similar resolutions. The interpretation of events is very different in Pakistan as compared to rest of the muslim world. Excessive domination of religion in public affairs is at the root of most of the ills the nation is facing.

saeed Jan 15, 2015 05:11pm

We are very interested in condemning the other nations for taking actions that are not suitable for us, but the same assembly has nothing to say when hindus, christens are attacked and also has no issue when ahmedis and shias are targeted.

they enjoy discussing and passing resolutions which will have no effect on our daily lifes

Sohail Jan 15, 2015 05:11pm

@Nilesh FO condemned it.

DJ Jan 15, 2015 05:12pm

Are they on their way to the consulate of France or is the end station American consulate?

Mbhai Jan 15, 2015 05:14pm

@Harmony and did the world leaders rally when innocent children were killed in Peshawar? Is our children's life less valuable than those in France?

All of us need to be united against all forms of terrorism and be consistent in our approach. At the same time, I agree with the Parliament's resolution that the image of Islam is being tarnished by the acts of these mis-guided individuals.

AXH Jan 15, 2015 05:16pm

If one has been reading these types of news and comments on Dawn for a while then one would see a very obvious trend. One Indian troll would start bashing Pakistan and the religion and the others would join the chorus and start patting that person on the back. This has been the trend. Let's see if Dawn publishes this comment.

Sanjeev Jan 15, 2015 05:19pm

"Freedom of speech should not be used to hurt religious sentiments of any community," the statement read, adding that publication of provocative material should be discouraged by the international community." - If same act happened in Pakistan, Nawaz sir, by this time the cartoonist would be hanged..right? What your government does when the minority rights are ignored and they are targeted in Pakistan? Does the same law applies against those Muslims who insult other communities/minorities???

Sachin Jan 15, 2015 05:21pm

@Rashid Sultan I appreciate your balanced views... Infact I felt those were my words which I tell folks and friends. These men/People- no matter how great did something great and died 1000's of years ago- to fight and kill for that is meaningless.

I am Hindu- But my aunt is a Christian by marriage- her husband- my uncle abuses Hindus and makes fun of Hindu Gods. When we visit his house he makes us stand and pray before every meal. My family does what he as a host asks us. We think that he is a bit more passionate and at the same time a bit more intolerant- that does not make me not go to my aunt's place. We still maintain the relation and we take care of each other. My cousin sister is a Muslim by marriage. I visit her and her family and we share the same bond as we were as kids.

What is true for a family is true for a nation as well. The only thing which makes us progressive is tolerance....The taller one's stature in society the higher the intensity of disagreements/abuse/insults. I think it comes with the position. Its human nature. I think radical elements in religion must be dealt with sternly by the moderate class. The percent of moderates must be much higher than radicals.... I think this majority in Pakistan is living in fear of the radical minority--- Dont know how that will be handled.

Sanjeev Jan 15, 2015 05:22pm

Yesterday i was reading comments from Pakistani friends on banning burqas in china, 99% were telling that it's internal matter of China or supporting the Chinese act but very surprised to see the resolution against French magazine :-) , Why not such resolution against China?

Sarcasm Jan 15, 2015 05:24pm

Lol...Try and understand guys, it's not taller than the mountains and deeper than the ocean here! ;-)

Sierrabrave Jan 15, 2015 05:29pm

The lines are drawn then?

salman khan Jan 15, 2015 05:33pm

dear indians keep calm and watch PK...................

Shujaat Khan Jan 15, 2015 05:34pm

Why are they protesting at US consulate ? Is France a state of USA?

Vinsin Jan 15, 2015 05:35pm

@lafanga India is not secular. And yes he should make India a secular country first before lecturing. Jan 15, 2015 05:45pm

@Humanity "Extremisism in every form should be condemned,"

Then why don't you adopt resolution against those killers too??

Rainman Jan 15, 2015 05:53pm

As if someone had to defend the indefensible.

sanj Jan 15, 2015 05:55pm

Look at them, horrible.

Ali Jan 15, 2015 06:15pm

Nothing will happen they will do what they want. All Muslim should boycott all overseas products, can we?

Ali Jan 15, 2015 06:25pm

@David Caree - nicely said, Thank you. We need more coverage of such people and statements for the world peace. PEACE

Bart Jan 15, 2015 06:27pm

Freedom of press cannot be an excuse to hurt peoples religious feelings; and there is no need to. The Pope said the same today and I also fully agree with the comment of "Humanity" here under.

khanm Jan 15, 2015 06:28pm

why marching to american consulate.... Karay koie bharay koie

citizen Jan 15, 2015 07:02pm

Hope Danish cartoon violence not repeated in the country

DM Jan 15, 2015 07:48pm

@lafanga Did you watch PK...a movie from India mocking Hinduism and still the most successful movie in India...what else secularism you want...just a few fringe elements doing some stupid things and you are raising that....see the reaction of our media for that...just 100 protesters for PK all over India and 200 journalists from India have written article on that to condemn that protest..this is called secularism....but you will not respect this

saeeds Jan 15, 2015 07:57pm

@Humanity People have right to go in extreme. You Can follow your religion most extreme way . But no one have right to kill human .

Junaid Jan 15, 2015 08:43pm

Why did they march upto American Counsulate instead of French?

Maarten from Holland Jan 15, 2015 08:44pm

I know the Pakistani people to be a warm and friendly people from a long visit to Pakistan. Every muslim I spoke to was either not very concerned with religion or politics, or religious in a friendly way. I am also concerned about how Pakistan now developes into a more violent country. I am especially thinking about the attacks on schools. It is an immense drama to live with for the families. The people of Charlie Hebdo like to make jokes about anything, not only Islam. They like to make people look at things in a different way, and to lighten up life. The freedom to do this is a fundament of western society. This will not change. That extreme muslims want to use this fact for creating war between ideologies is dangerous. People and governments all around the world should be aware of that freedom of speech is an absolute premise for democracy.

ashraf Jan 15, 2015 08:46pm

If we were so civilized as we claim, perhaps we may be less enraged at every suggestion of mockery. More we act violently more we will me mocked. Our claim of religion of peace is all but hollow. The cycle will not stop until we improve our own ways...

If our assembly wanted the world to respect our religion, they could have passed two resolutions. One clearly condemning the killers & the other calling the civilized world to stop the provocation of the beliefs of all religions including Islam.

Raja Jan 15, 2015 10:02pm

Good resolution. even pope said today: "there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith"

proud_Pakistan Jan 15, 2015 10:03pm

This French newspaper should be prosecuted for spreading hate and violence.

Joe FL Jan 15, 2015 10:05pm

Did anyone notice the hypocrisy in the resolution?

Read the text again. Three long paragraphs against publication. One short paragraph against violence.

Finally one concluding paragraph calling on Europe to avoid publication. Not a single word calling on Muslims to avoid violence.

It's that one-sided emphasis -- shout against excessive freedoms, but whisper against violence -- that worries so many people around the world and leads to such publications in the first place.

Qamar Jan 15, 2015 10:06pm

The honorable members of National Assembly will do more service to Islam by working honestly and diligently for the country than passing a worthless 'unanimous' resolution.

Khurshid Anwar Jan 15, 2015 10:16pm

I do not expect westerners to praise Islam or Islamic figures. West has the right to criticize, disagree and question Islam.
West certainly have no right to ridicule or insult Islam or Islamic figures. I will say those who insulted Islamic figures are extremist; may not be as bad as those who came out to kill them. West must change their so called freedom of speech laws, no one should be allowed to insult other believes, but people should have full right to question, disagree and question one believe.

Vikram Jan 15, 2015 10:25pm

When are Pakistanis going to protest against Chinese ban on burqa?

AHMED Jan 15, 2015 10:46pm

@Humanity You are saying that killing defenseless people because they ridicule your religion is not terrorism. This is the kind of thinking that has to change in Pakistan before it can claim to be a civilized nation.

Hurst Jan 16, 2015 12:38am

@lafanga what's wrong with religious conversation? Do you think it works only one way? No.

Hurst Jan 16, 2015 12:39am

@Vinsin there goes your ignorance. Educate yourself with truth first before showing ignorance

Dissapointed Jan 16, 2015 12:47am

The hypocrisy of Pakistani politicians has no bounds.

Puzzled Jan 16, 2015 12:53am

@Ajaz Malik they thought they were Muslems. Why do you think they are not?

Ravi Vancouver Jan 16, 2015 01:30am

@Nisi You are right but same applies to all, hatred and criticism of other religions and different muslim sects is allowed openly in muslim societies. It is equally condemnable. Among humans bias against other beliefs was prevalent from the time religions came to existence and lot of people died and dying even today because of this. It is best for all to have mutual respect for each other's feelings specially in matter of religion as some people even today are prepared to die and kill each other for this.

white noise Jan 16, 2015 03:48am

you don't get it do you? the more you react, they more you will prove them right, what part of this you don't understand? when someone does not agree with you, he will say something what he sees all around him, they say Islam is violent because of how al Qaida behaved, how Taliban behaved and now how IS is behaving, because of how we as Muslims, are behaving towards minorities. these neem hakeem mullahs need to re-educate themselves instead of inciting hatred and preaching violence.

Chanakya Jan 16, 2015 05:48am

What did the U.S. get to do with this?Protesting out side the U. S. Consulate in Lahore?

Chanakya Jan 16, 2015 06:12am

@Humanity "BOYCOTT" the West. Every which way.First thing, stop traveling , immigration and come home.

David Jan 16, 2015 04:03pm

I did hope that one day I would be extremely happy. But if all extremism is outlawed that's the end of that.