Ummah on same page to protect sanctity of Islam

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Blasphemy on social media

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Muslim countries including Pakistan made it loud and clear on Friday that entire Muslim World was on the same page when it comes to protect the sanctity and dignity of the religion and Holy Prophet (PBUH)
Powerful message came following a meeting of the ambassadors of the Islamic countries that was held on Friday with Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in chair.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif tasked federal Interior Minister to resolve issue of blasphemous content on social media. Meanwhile Supreme Court is also hearing the case about blasphemous content on social media.
The meeting convened by the Interior Minister on one point agenda i.e. to discuss blasphemous content on social media and how to effectively raise voice of the entire Muslim world against the madness unleashed against Islam and holy personalities in the name of freedom of expression.
The meeting decided that a comprehensive strategy paper encompassing all legal and technical aspects would be circulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among the ambassadors of the Muslim countries which they would be sharing with their governments to evolve future plan of action.
It was also decided that a formal reference would be sent to Secretary General of the Arab League and Secretary General of the OIC raising the issue of blasphemous content on social media and how such a tendency had been hurting the sentiments of the Muslims across the world.
The meeting decided that after response is received from the government of the Islamic countries, the matter then would be taken up at the level of United Nations besides looking into legal options available to follow-up the matter legally in the courts of the respective countries from where such content was being generated.
Addressing the Ambassadors, the Interior Minister pointed out that distortion of religious beliefs and sacrilege of holy personalities of any religion is intolerable.
He said that no law permits showing disrespect or distortion of any religion.
The Minister said that it was unfortunate that the Muslim being the biggest victims of terrorism were being portrayed as the perpetrators. He said that the Islamic Ummah must strive together to impress upon the international community to shed off Islamophobia.
Distortion of any religion is also another form of terrorism that the international community must acknowledge, said Nisar.
The Interior Minister said that sections of the western world must get out of double standards about Islam and the Muslims. On one hand, they have laws against any kind of distortion or disrespect towards any religion and on the other hand, the most revered personalities of Islam are being ridiculed.
The Ambassadors greatly appreciated the Interior Minister’s initiative for highlighting the issue and taking lead role towards finding a solution to the issue. They agreed in principle with the strategy identified by the Interior Minister.
Secretary MOFA, Secretary Interior and senior officers of the Interior Ministry were also present during the meeting.
The Ambassadors present during the meeting included, among others, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Acting Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Ambassador of Lebanon, High commissioner of Maldives, Ambassador of Qatar, Ambassador of Somalia, Ambassador of Tajikistan, Ambassador of Turkey, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Ambassador of Algeria, Deputy Ambassador of Bahrain, High Commissioner of Brunei Darus salam, Ambassador of Iran, Ambassador of Jordon, Ambassador of Kuwait, Acting Ambassador of Malaysia, Ambassador of Palestine, Ambassador of Sudan, Ambassador of Saudi Arab also attended the meeting.

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