Pakistan on Sunday, strongly condemned incidents of desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden and Norway.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a statement, condemned the desecration of Holy Quran in Malmo – Sweden and Oslo – Norway which have immensely hurt the religiously sentiments of Muslims across the globe.
“The rise of such Islamophobic occurrences goes against the spirit of any religion. Freedom of speech can’t justify religious hatred,” read the statement issue by MoFA spokesperson.
The statement further highlighted that respect for others’ religious beliefs is essential for global peace and prosperity and in fact is a collective responsibility of the world.
It is pertinent to know that violent protests and riots have broken out in Sweden after a far-right activist burned a copy of the Holy Quran in Sourthern Swedish city of Malmo.
Meanwile, Rasmus Paludan – who leads the far-right Danish anti-immigration Hard Line party was also expected to attend the anti-Muslim event, however he was stopped by Swedish officials at the border and has been barred from entering the country for two years.
Miguel Ángel Moratinos – head of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations has also condemned the burning of Holy Quran by far-right extremists, terming their act as despicable and unacceptable.
“Such deplorable acts perpetrated by hate-mongers … and other radical groups incite violence and tear apart the fabric of our communities,” he noted.