Pakistan has called on the international community to condemn and address Islamophobia, strongly denouncing the recent offensive desecration of the Holy Quran outside the embassies of Muslim nations in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) issued a statement condemning this deliberate and provocative act of Islamophobia, emphasizing that such actions should not be justified under the umbrella of freedom of expression, opinion, or protest. Pakistan stressed that freedom of expression should always be exercised responsibly.
Furthermore, Pakistan urged governments worldwide to actively prevent racist and Islamophobic acts that incite religious hatred. The country emphasized the importance of global efforts to combat Islamophobia and promote interfaith harmony, referencing the 2022 United Nations resolution on this issue.
Pakistan has also communicated its concerns to Dutch authorities and called on them to consider the sentiments of the Pakistani people and Muslims worldwide, urging them to take concrete steps to prevent such hateful and Islamophobic incidents.
It’s worth noting that incidents of Quran desecration have been on the rise in recent months. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed grave concern over the increasing Islamophobia and a surge in Quran burnings in Nordic countries. Notable individuals, with their governments’ tacit approval, have been involved in such acts in Sweden and Denmark, drawing strong criticism from Muslim nations.
The 18th Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the OIC adopted a comprehensive resolution expressing deep concern over rising incidents of intolerance, discrimination, and Islamophobia.
In response, the Danish government, where such incidents have occurred frequently, announced the preparation of a bill that, if passed, could lead to a nationwide ban on Quran burnings due to escalating security threats and global Muslim outrage.
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