Pakistan denounces the Danish Government’s Defilement of the Holy Quran

For the third time this week, FO has denounced the behaviour as "senseless and highly hurtful," lawmaker Paludan an Islamophobe who burned the Quran.

According to an official statement, the Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday denounced “in the strongest terms” the Danish politician Rasmus Paludan’s sacrilege of the Holy Quran the day before.

After vehemently denouncing similar incidences of this nature in Sweden and the Netherlands, Pakistan today condemned the heinous conduct committed in Denmark and branded Paludan an Islamophobe.

The FO claimed in the statement that there is little doubt among Muslims worldwide that the liberty of speech is being flagrantly misused to spread religious intolerance and instigate bloodshed.

The FO called on national governments in addition to the global community to stop the latest acts, describing them as racist and Islamophobic.

The “global community cannot turn a blind eye to such detest profiteers,” Pakistan said in reference to the legal framework under which the Islamophobes lurk and disseminate hatred with freedom.

The FO reiterated its stance that freedom of expression entails responsibility and stated that Pakistan’s concerns had been shared with the Danish authorities

Pakistan urged the authorities to take efforts to prevent such nasty and Islamophobic activities, urging them to be aware of the emotions of Muslims around the world.

The burning of a manuscript of the Holy Quran outside of a mosque in Denmark on Friday by Paludan, the head of the far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party, sparked indignation among Muslims worldwide.

During a demonstration against Islam and immigration in front of the Turkish consulate in Sweden on January 21, he also carried out a similar act by setting a print of the Holy Quran on fire.

Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Parvez Elahi, the departing chief minister of Punjab, and the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have all strongly condemned the incident.

The incident on Friday marks the third in a week. Edwin Wagensveld, the leader of a Dutch chapter of a German anti-Islam party, tore pages out of the holy book in the Netherlands on January 22 during a one-man demonstration, a day after Paludan had done it in Sweden.

A resolution condemning the “vicious and disgusting deeds” in Sweden and the Netherlands was unanimously approved by the Senate a day ago.

It demanded that the government work with OIC members to take a uniform stance on the topic and that Pakistan bring up this issue at the upcoming UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next week.

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