Fine line urged between freedom of expression, blasphemyJanuary 14, 2015
Karachi: Warmly welcoming the National Assembly of Pakistan on passing unanimous resolution against the publication of blasphemous sketches, Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor Thursday asked the western countries to stop their citizens and institutions from disrespecting religious feelings of other people, saying publication of hatred-based material is not individual act, but a heinous effort to hurt the religious feelings of the followers of other faiths and the countries in which such act are being committed could not absolve the moral and legal responsibility.
He said the United Nations should draw a fine line between the political freedom of expression and disrespecting religious feelings of people. He said no civilized country could allow its citizens or institutions to hurt the religious feelings of other people in the garb of freedom of expression. He said the freedom of expression does not allow disrespecting and making a mockery of religious feeling of people. He said the teachings of Islam refrain its followers from hurting religious feelings of people belonging to other faiths. He said Muslims respect the Prophets of all faiths, as well as, religious leaders of other faiths. He said no doubt Islam is the most peace-loving and tolerant religion of the world.
Altaf Shakoor said the western nations should realize that the Muslims love their Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) from the core of their hearts and they should not allow their citizens and institutions to hurt feelings of the Muslims, as well as, followers of any other faith. He asked the United Nations (UN) to draw a fine line between the freedom of expression and the blasphemous literature. He urged the leadership of the western countries to ensure implementation of banning all types of the blasphemous literature in the garb of freedom of expression.
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