Pakistan announces countrywide protest against desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden

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The Pakistan federal government will observe Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran on Friday to hold countrywide protests against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and convene a joint parliamentary session a day earlier, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

The decision was made during a meeting that Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over to talk about the problem of the Holy Quran’s desecration in Sweden.

It was decided that countrywide protests will take place on Friday, July 7, to condemn the act. The country, including all the political parties, was urged to take part in the protest by the prime minister.

Also, the Pakistan government said it will call a joint session of parliament on July 6 to develop a national policy on the subject and represent public opinion through the parliamentary process, according to ARY News.

The joint session would also pass a resolution denouncing the Holy Quran’s desecration.

The Pakistan Prime Minister, also the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, instructed the party to take part in the Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran and hold countrywide rallies.

He explained to the people that the Muslims’ shared belief in the sacredness of the Holy Quran unites them all. According to the Prime Minister, errant minds were formulating a sinister plan to feed the flames of Islamophobia.

According to Prime Minister Shehbaz, countries and leaders that value peace and coexistence should stifle the destructive forces fuelled by racism and Islamophobia, according to ARY News.

Prime Minister Shehbaz also said that countries and their leaders, who believe in peace and co-exist, should contain the violent forces infested by the Islamophobia and religious biases.

Earlier, a man desecrated the Holy Quran in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, prompting significant condemnation from a number of nations, including Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq and Iran.

Sweden’s foreign ministry said in a statement, “The Swedish Government fully understands that the Islamophobic acts committed by individuals at demonstrations in Sweden can be offensive to Muslims”.

“We strongly condemn these acts, which in no way reflect the views of the Swedish government,” it added.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which has its headquarters in Saudi Arabia, called for concerted action on the issue.(ANI)

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