ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday condemned in the strongest terms the senseless and deeply offensive act of desecration of the Holy Quran in Denmark by the same Islamophobe who had committed a similar act in Sweden a few days ago.
This repetition of the vile act leaves little doubt in the minds of Muslims across the world that freedom of expression is being blatantly abused to spread religious hatred and incitement to violence, the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said in a press release.
Pakistan’s concerns were conveyed to the authorities in Denmark. “We urge them to be mindful of the sentiments of the people of Pakistan and Muslims around the world and take steps to prevent such hateful and Islamophobic acts,” it said.
Pakistan called into question the legal framework behind which the Islamophobes spread hatred with impunity. At a time when there was a need for inter-faith harmony and mutual respect for peaceful coexistence, the international community could not turn a blind eye to these hate mongers, the statement added.
Published in Dawn, January 29th, 2023
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