Disrespect of Prophet (PBUH) in any form not to be tolerated: PM Ashraf


Islamabad: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said that disrespect of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in any form would not be tolerated and demanded the United Nations and other international organisations for a law that bans hate speech aimed at fermenting hatred and sowing discord.

Speaking at the conference organized for Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh) Day, the prime minister said that President Asif Ali Zardari would convey the Muslims’ emotions and views in his coming address to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly next week.

Ashraf said that Muslims great respect and revere prophets of other religions as part of “our cardinal beliefs”.

He termed the blasphemous film as equal to the worst kind of anti-Semitism and bigotry.

“For Muslims, becoming emotional upon the disrespect of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) is innate as he is an essential aspect of our faith,” the prime minister said.

He said that Muslims expect similar respect and reverence for the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

On the occasion, he appealed to the United Nations to maintain peace and avoid violence.

The prime minister said, “We are demanding that the UN and other international organisations seek a law that bans such hate speech fermenting hatred and sowing the seeds of discord through such falsehood which is a grave violation of all basic norms of humanity, international law, interfaith harmony and law, and united nations conventions and religious freedom, tolerance and civilized conduct.”