PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s most organised religio-political party, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Thursday announced to organize country-wide protest demonstration against printing of cartoons lampooning Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the French weekly Chairlie Hebdo on Friday.
JI chief Sirajul Haq while announcing the country-wide peaceful protest said that the no one had the right to insult the holy Prophet (PBUH) and hurt the feelings of about two billions Muslims of the world in the garb of freedom of speech or press.
” Freedom of speech or press does not mean freedom to insult religion and personalities related to religions,” he said, adding that JI would hold protest demonstration across to country to register their protest against the provocation by the satirical magazine.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Parliamentarians rallied against the publication of blasphemous cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Marching in front of the Parliament House raising slogans against the magazine, the parliamentarians said that in the West some elements had acquired the right and freedom to insult under the garb of freedom of speech and press.
The lawmakers from across the political divide in the house marched around the Parliament House raising high-pitched slogans such as “They embrace death in subservience to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)” The Only guide and leader, Musfata, Mustafa.”
Addressing the marchers, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf urged Fresh government to take action against those who were hurting the feelings and emotions of two billion peoples around the world by publishing blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the garb of freedom of speech and press. He said that it was not freedom of press or speech rather freedom to insult and ridicule of sacred religious personalities, which is not allowed in any religion, morality and law.
He said that it was the responsibility of French government to take action against such elements resorting to incitement to violence.
Earlier, the National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the publication of blasphemous cartoon lampooning the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq tabled the resolution in the National Assembly condemning the Charlie Hebdo for the publications, which was passed by the house unanimously.
The resolution states that the publication of blasphemous cartoons hurt the feelings of about two billions Muslims across the globe, which are promoting terrorism and violence in the world.
It further stated that such provocative steps are helping terrorists, who exploit it to further their agenda, calling for shunning the practice of disregarding any religion.