As blasphemous content on social media is under discussion at the Islamabad High Court, Pakistan urges Muslim World to stand against Facebook blasphemous pages. A meeting of the ambassadors of the Islamic countries was held on Friday with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in chair.

The meeting convened by the Interior Minister on one point agenda i.e. 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.

There was unanimity among the participants that the entire Muslim Ummah is united to protect the sanctity and dignity of the religion and Holy prophet (P.B.UH)

The Interior Minister

Addressing the Ambassadors, the Interior Minister pointed out that distortion of religious beliefs and sacrilege of holy personalities of any religion is intolerable. He said, “No law permits showing disrespect or distortion of any religion. It is unfortunate that the Muslims being the biggest victims of terrorism are being portrayed as the perpetrators. The Islamic Ummah must strive together to impress upon the international community to shed off Islamophobia.”

“distortion of any religion is also another form of terrorism that the international community must acknowledge”

The Interior Minister said, “The sections of the western world must get out of double standards about Islam and the Muslims. On one hand, they have laws against any kind of distortion or disrespect towards any religion and on the other hand, the most revered personalities of Islam are being ridiculed.”

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.

Future Course of Action

Following points were agreed upon by all the envoys of Muslim countries as their future course of action:

  • Comprehensive strategy paper encompassing all legal and technical aspects would be circulated among Muslim envoys
  • Ambassadors of Muslim countries would be shared that with their governments to evolve the future plan of action
  • Formal reference would be sent to the Secretary General of the Arab League and Secretary General of the OIC raising the issue of blasphemous content on social media
  • After receiving a response from Islamic countries, matter would be taken up to the United Nations
  • Looking into legal options available to follow-up the matter in the courts of the respective countries from where such content was being generated

Participants

The Ambassadors present during the meeting included

  • Ambassador of Azerbaijan
  • Acting Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Ambassador of Kazakhstan
  • Ambassador of Lebanon
  • High commissioner of Maldives
  • Ambassador of Qatar
  • Ambassador of Somalia
  • Ambassador of Tajikistan
  • Ambassador of Turkey
  • Ambassador of Uzbekistan
  • Ambassador of Algeria
  • Deputy Ambassador of Bahrain
  • High Commissioner of Brunei Darus salam
  • Ambassador of Iran
  • Ambassador of Jordon
  • Ambassador of Kuwait
  • Acting Ambassador of Malaysia
  • Ambassador of Palestine
  • Ambassador of Sudan
  • Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
  • Ambassador of Tunisia
  • Ambassador of UAE