Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has made the decision to convene a joint session of parliament to develop a national strategy in response to the recent incident in Sweden. The federal government, in order to uphold the sanctity of the Holy Quran, has also announced countrywide protests on Friday (July 7) against the desecration of the holy book.
The act of burning a copy of the Quran in Stockholm during Eid ul Adha has sparked global outrage and protests. The Prime Minister, during a meeting in Islamabad, called for countrywide rallies in which all political parties and the nation are urged to participate.
PM Shehbaz Sharif emphasized the importance of unity and stated that the nation will observe “Youm-e-Taqaddus Quran” on Friday, sending a strong message to those who committed this heinous act.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister has decided to convene a joint session of parliament to devise a comprehensive national strategy in response to the incident in Sweden. The aim is to ensure that the sentiments and feelings of the nation are fully expressed through parliamentary discussions. The joint session will pass a resolution unanimously condemning the desecration of the holy book.
In response to Pakistan’s request, the United Nations Human Rights Council has announced that it will hold an urgent session to address Islamophobia and religious hatred. The session will discuss the increasing incidents of religious hatred worldwide.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the despicable act of burning the Holy Quran, emphasizing that incitement to discrimination, hatred, and violence cannot be justified under the pretext of freedom of expression and protest. The Foreign Office has reiterated that international law obliges all states to prevent and prohibit advocacy of religious hatred leading to violence.
Pakistan has raised concerns regarding the matter with the government of Sweden and called on the international community and national governments to take concrete measures to prevent incidents of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Muslim hatred. The recurrence of such incidents questions the legal framework that permits such hate-driven actions.
In light of these developments, it is evident that the government is taking firm action to address the desecration of the Holy Quran and ensure that measures are in place to prevent such incidents in the future.