The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, has condemned the incident of public burning of the Holy Quran in front of a mosque in Sweden. The incident came to light on Thursday, in which an individual could be seen tearing and burning the Holy Quran in Sweden.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took it to his official social media handle to condemn the act, adding that, “Disgusted and appalled by the incident of public burning of the Holy Quran in front of a mosque in Sweden. Such vile, despicable and heinous Islamophobic acts brazenly violate international law.”
He further added that, “I have no almost no words to condemn this anti-Islam act, which was meant to hurt the feelings of Muslims across the world. The Holy Quran is Divine Book of love, peace as well as wisdom for the entire humanity along with the deviant character who were part of this condemnable act has, in fact, insulted the shared values of humanity.”
Moreover, the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have also condemned the following act of pubic burning of Holy Quran on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha.
While condemning the attack, the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, stated that, “Pakistan strongly condemns the despicable act of public burning of the Holy Quran outside a mosque in Sweden on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.”
The office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan have further raised the issue, adding that, such wilful incitement to hatred and violence can never be justified under the pretext of freedom of protest and expression.
The statement mentioned that, “Under the international law, States are duty bound to prohibit any advocacy of religious hatred, which leads to incite violence. The recurrence of such Islamophobic incidents on the last few months in the West calls into serious question the legal framework which permits such hate-driven actions.”
The Office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan further made a call that right to freedom of expression as well as opinion does not provide license to stoke hatred and sabotage inter-faith harmony, adding that, “Pakistan’s concerns about the incident are being conveyed to Sweden. We are urging to both the international community as well as the national governments must undertake credible and concrete steps for preventing the rising incidents of xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.”