National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has sent letters to more than 100 Muslim parliamentarians from various countries urging them to raise the issue of increasing Islamophobia in the West in their respective parliaments.
Speaker Qaiser tweeted, “Attempts to insult Islam and the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) in the name of freedom of expression are an attack on the beliefs of Muslims.” He warned that attacks on the Muslim faith would not be “tolerated”.
“It is hoped that Muslim parliamentarians around the world will step up and speak out in their respective parliaments against discrimination such as Islamophobia and religious hatred,” Qaiser said of the letter.
The speaker believes that a united front of Muslim lawmakers can promote interfaith “harmony and solidarity”.
Qaiser also said that Islamabad would hold a conference with Muslim parliamentarians after the reduction of Kovid 19 to work out a joint strategy against Islamic phobia.
Last week, Speaker Qaiser announced that he would write a letter to the Speakers / Presiding Officers of the World Parliament to end the issue of blasphemy in this Parliament as this excuse is hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. Freedom of expression
The Speaker had indicated his readiness to write a letter in a meeting with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and former Speaker and Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza.
The three officials met to discuss insulting remarks in Western countries and the growing trend of desecration of Muslim religious sentiments.
It was agreed that Muslim MPs from Europe and North America would be approached, and asked to raise the issue of blasphemy in their respective parliaments. They agreed that respecting each other’s religious sentiments would help coexist.
Speaker Qaiser had said at the time that Europe was very sensitive about the Holocaust, meanwhile, insulting remarks against the Holy Prophet (SAW), which hurt the feelings of Muslims, continued unabated.
He urged Western powers to set the same standards for blasphemy as well as the Holocaust. “It is not acceptable to ignore religious sentiments under the pretext of freedom of expression,” he said.
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