Alvi condemns desecration of Quran in Sweden

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President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday strongly condemned the abhorrent act of desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden.

He termed the act as senseless, provocative and Islamophobic which has hurt the religious sensitivities of Muslims around the world.

The president said this immoral incident was an act of needless incitement and a serious provocation to the feelings of Muslims in the world. He said it was against the internationally accepted norms and principles of legitimate expression of the right to freedom of expression or opinion, which obliged everyone to not resort to hate speech and incite people to violence.

Dr Arif Alvi said that Islam preached respect and reverence for all religions of the world whereas this heinous act has hurt Muslims by insulting their sacred values, and reflects the alarming levels of Islamophobia. The President urged the international community to show a common resolve against Islamophobia. He underlined the need for international efforts to consolidate the values of tolerance and coexistence and criminalize all acts that promote the ideology of hatred.—INP