A meeting of the ambassadors of the Islamic countries was held today with Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in the chair.
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 the voice of the entire Muslim world against the madness unleashed against Islam and holy personalities in the name of freedom of expression.
All the participants showed unanimity that the whole Muslim Ummah was united to protect the sanctity and dignity of the religion and Holy Prophet (P.B.UH).
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 a 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 the 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.
He said that the Islamic Ummah must strive together to impress upon the international community to shed off Islamophobia. The Minister said that distortion of any religion is also another form of terrorism that the international community must acknowledge.
The Interior Minister said “sections of the western world must get out of double standards about Islam and the Muslims. On the 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 Tunisia and Ambassador of UAE.
After finding the blasphemous content against revered personalities on social media, Pakistan government has decided to launch crackdown on the offenders who are hurting the sentiments of people by distorting the facts about Islam