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Int'l law needs to block sacrilegious films: Kaira

September 25, 2012


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.