JI calls for UN law prohibiting blasphemy of all Prophets (AS)
LAHORE, Jan. 17; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has said that the entire Muslim world was in protest over the blasphemy of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and the situation demanded an immediate legislation by the United Nations safeguarding the respect and the dignity of all the Prophets (AS) of God and other religious personalities and declaring blasphemy of all these a crime.
Talking to different delegations in Karachi on arrival, he said that a particular group of Europe had been carrying out the blasphemy of the Noble Prophet (SAW) in the name of freedom of opinion
and secularism, as was intolerable.
Sirajul Haq said that the Muslim rulers, as representatives of the one a half billion Muslims in the world, should have immediately convened a meeting of the OIC and the United Nations to lodge their protest with Europe in this regard. However, he said, that the silence of the Muslim rulers had compelled the Muslim Ummah to express their sentiments. He said that if France and other European states did not change their attitude, the Muslim world reserved the right to give them a befitting response.
The JI chief said the repeated publication of blasphemous cartoons was a challenge to the Muslim world and the Muslims accepted the challenged.
Sirajul Haq said that the Muslims were not extremists as it was Europe that had been demonstrating extremism. He pointed out that Europe had given shelter to Salman Rushdi and Tasleem Nasreen who were guilty of blasphemy, and added that these were also acts of terrorism and extremism and led to trouble in the world. Why do the Europeans give shelter to the individuals involved in the blasphemy of any religion, he asked.
He said that the JI would hold million marches in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad on Friday next. this would not be a protest by any single party, it would be million march by the Pakistanis, he said and added, “if Europe can gather one a half million people, we can also gather millions to register our protest”.
The JI chief said that he would also write letters to the envoys of the European union and also the German Chancellor on the issue.
He said that every human being had the right of freedom of opinion but nobody could be allowed to sacrilege of any religion or the Islamic signs and symbols.
Sirajul Haq condemned the police firing on the peaceful Islami Jamiat e Talaba rally on Friday
and said such behaviour was uncalled for. He said that firing and lathi charge on the protesting students was an attempt to provoke the students and turn the protest violent.
He regretted the injuries caused to journalists and students due to the police firing and expressed full solidarity with the media and the students community in his regard, and prayed for quick recovery of the injured journalists and students.