Pakistan strongly reacts on desecration of Holy Quran in Netherlands
In a stern condemnation, Pakistan has expressed its vehement disapproval of the recent abhorrent and deeply offensive incident of desecrating the Holy Quran within The Hague, the Netherlands. The act transpired in proximity to the embassies of several member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), including Pakistan.
The Foreign Office spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, issued a press release today denouncing this deliberate and inflammatory act of Islamophobia. She highlighted that this egregious offense has grievously wounded the sentiments of Muslims across the globe. In no uncertain terms, the spokesperson emphasized that such actions cannot be justified or excused under the pretext of freedom of expression, opinion, or protest.
Pakistan firmly upholds the belief that freedom of expression should be exercised responsibly, recognizing its limitations and consequences. The spokesperson stressed the responsibility of national governments to actively prevent racist and Islamophobic acts that propagate religious hatred. Furthermore, she urged the international community to unite in condemning Islamophobia and promoting interfaith harmony as a collective effort.
The resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2022 designating 15th March as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia exemplifies the global commitment to tackling this issue. Pakistan has conveyed its concerns regarding the desecration to Dutch authorities, underscoring the imperative need for concerted efforts to combat such incidents of religious intolerance and hatred on a global scale.