Distortion of religious beliefs intolerable: Nisar

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Distortion of religious beliefs intolerable: Nisar

ISLAMABAD, March 24 (APP): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali
Khan Friday said distortion of religious beliefs and sacrilege of holy personalities of any religion was intolerable.
Chairing a meeting of the ambassadors of the Islamic countries, he said no law permits showing disrespect or distortion of any religion, a press release said.
The meeting was convened by the interior minister on one point
agenda to discuss blasphemous content on social media and how to
effectively raise voice of the entire Muslim world against the
madness unleashed against Islam and holy personalities in the name
of freedom of expression.
The minister said it was unfortunate that the Muslims being the biggest victims of terrorism were being portrayed as the perpetrators.
He said the Islamic Ummah should strive together to impress upon the international community to shed off Islamophobia.
Nisar said distortion of any religion was also another form of terrorism that the international community should  acknowledge.
He said sections of the western world should get out of double
standards about Islam and the Muslims. On one hand, they had laws against any kind of distortion or disrespect towards any religion and on the other hand, the most revered personalities of Islam were being ridiculed.
There was unanimity among the participants that the entire
Muslim Ummah was united to protect the sanctity and dignity of the
religion and Holy Prophet Peace Be upon Him.
It was decided that a comprehensive strategy paper
encompassing all legal and technical aspects would be circulated by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among the ambassadors of the Muslim
countries which they would be sharing with their governments to
evolve future plan of action.
It was also decided that a formal reference would be sent to
Secretary General of the Arab League and Secretary General of the
Organization of Islamic Conference raising the issue of blasphemous
content on social media and how such a tendency had been hurting the
sentiments of the Muslims across the world.
The meeting decided that after response was received from the
government of the Islamic countries, the matter then would be taken
up at the level of United Nations besides looking into legal options
available to follow-up the matter legally in the courts of the
respective countries from where such content was being generated.
The ambassadors greatly appreciated the interior minister’s
initiative for highlighting the issue and taking lead role towards
finding a solution to the issue.
They agreed in principle with the strategy identified by the
interior minister.
Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, secretary interior and senior officers of the interior ministry were also present during the meeting.
The ambassadors present during the meeting were Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Qatar, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Jordon, Kuwait, Malaysia, Palestine, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and high commissioners of Maldives and Brunei Darus Salam.