Pakistan strongly condemns desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden and Norway

By: News Desk      Published: 03:12 PM, 31 Aug, 2020
Pakistan strongly condemns desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden and Norway
Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri . File photo

Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the recent incidents of desecration of Holy Quran in Malmo, Sweden and in Oslo, Norway.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said, “The rise of such Islamophobic occurrences goes against the spirit of any religion. Freedom of speech can’t justify religious hatred.”

The Spokespersons said ensuring respect for religious beliefs of others is a collective responsibility and is absolutely critical for global peace and prosperity.

It is pertinent to note that riots erupted in Malmo city in Sweden after a copy of the Holy Quran was burned by far-right activists in Rosengard. Protesters threw stones at police and burned tyres on the streets, with violence escalating as the night wore on, according to police and international media reports.

Anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan was also expected to attend that rally of far-right group, but was stopped by the police at the Swedish-Danish border, police said.

Turkey has also condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran in front of the Norwegian parliament, saying the act fans the flames of anti-Muslim hatred.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey strongly condemned the disrespectful act against the Muslim holy book and warned that such acts do not only target Muslims but the rule of law and democracy as a whole.

"These remnants of the Nazis infiltrate the societies in which they live in like viruses and harm them," the ministry said, adding that fighting such mindset is only possible by excluding populist politicians who spread such ideology, as it warned that it is wrong to consider racism and anti-Muslim hatred under the scope of freedom of expression.

"Even the fact that mainstream political parties do not prevent such racist rhetoric for the sake of obtaining votes, or partially embracing them, poses a serious threat," the ministry said, adding that Turkey will continue to fight far-right and racist movements and urged European counterparts to do the same.