‘Despicable act’: Pakistan condemns desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden

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Security guards stand in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad in this undated image.  — AFP/File
Security guards stand in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad in this undated image. — AFP/File
  • The burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden comes on the occasion of Eid ul Adha.
  • FO says international law requires nations to outlaw “religious hatred.”
  • Pakistan is expressing its concern to Sweden about the issue.

Pakistan strongly condemned the “despicable act” of the public burning of a copy of the Holy Quran in Sweden on the occasion of Eid ul Adha, in another incident of desecration of the holy book.

“Such deliberate incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence cannot be justified under the pretext of freedom of expression and protest,” said a State Department statement condemning the horrific incident.

The FO stated that international law requires all states to prevent and prohibit the propagation of “religious hatred” leading to incitement to violence.

“The recurrence of such Islamophobic incidents in the West over the past few months casts serious doubt on the legal framework that allows such hate-driven actions.”

The FO reiterated on behalf of Pakistan that the right to freedom of expression and opinion is not a license to incite hatred and sabotage interfaith harmony.

It said concerns about the issue were raised with the government of Sweden.

It also urges the international community and national governments to take credible and concrete measures to prevent the rising incidences of xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.

This is not the first time such an incident has happened in Sweden.

Similar incidents have also recently surfaced in the Netherlands, which have been strongly condemned by the Muslim world.


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