PM receives call by President of EU Parliament; urges need for respecting each others' religions, sentiments

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PM receives call by President of EU Parliament; urges need for respecting each others' religions, sentiments

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed the need for respecting each others' religions and sentiments, while calling for enhanced dialogue as well as cooperation for promoting inter-cultural and inter-faith harmony.

The prime minister expressed these views while talking to President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani who telephoned him.

Tajani thanked the prime minister for ensuring the safety and security of Asia Bibi and her family.

He assured the EU Parliament’s cooperation with the Government of Pakistan, while conveying that the debate on Asia Bibi in the EU Parliament had been postponed, a press release issued by the PM Media Office here said.

The prime minister reaffirmed the government’s resolve to respect the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, adding as citizens of Pakistan, Asia Bibi and her family were entitled to all rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan.

He also conveyed serious concerns of the government and people of Pakistan on the issue of blasphemous cartoons and caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), underscoring the need to redouble efforts in European countries to avoid such provocative incidents; raise greater awareness about religious sensitivities of Muslims, particularly the respect of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and promote inter-faith harmony.

The prime minister welcomed the European Court of Human Right’s recent decision not to allow acts of blasphemy under the cloak of right to freedom of expression.

He also expressed the hope that European countries would follow the decision of the European Court and take steps to enhance respect for each other’s religions and inter-faith harmony.

APP