Islamabad [Pakistan]July 5 (ANI): The federal government of Pakistan will observe Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran on July 7 to hold nationwide protests against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and convene a joint parliamentary session a day earlier, ARY News reported on Tuesday.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to talk about the problem of desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden.
It was decided that nationwide protests will take place on Friday 7 July to condemn the act. The country, including all political parties, was asked to participate in the protest by the Prime Minister to send a clear message to the naughty minds.
Additionally, the government said it will convene a joint session of parliament on July 6 to develop a national policy on the subject and represent public opinion through the parliamentary process, according to ARY News.
The joint session would also adopt a resolution condemning the desecration of the Holy Quran.
The Prime Minister also the President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz instructed the party to participate in Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran and hold nationwide demonstrations.
He explained to the people that the common belief of Muslims in the sanctity of the Holy Qur’an unites them all. According to Prime Minister Shehbaz, the misguided minds formulated an evil plan to feed the flames of Islamophobia.
According to Prime Minister Shehbaz, countries and leaders who value peace and coexistence should stifle the destructive forces fueled by racism and Islamophobia, according to ARY News.
Prime Minister Shehbaz also said that countries and their leaders, who believe in peace and coexistence, should contain the violent forces attacked by Islamophobia and religious prejudice.
Earlier, a man desecrated the Holy Quran in Sweden’s capital Stockholm, leading to significant condemnation from a number of nations, including Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq and Iran.
The burning of the Koran in front of Stockholm’s Great Mosque was also condemned by the Swedish government as an “Islamophobic” act.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “The Swedish government fully understands that the Islamophobic acts committed by individuals at demonstrations in Sweden may be offensive to Muslims,” according to ARY News.
“We strongly condemn these actions, which in no way reflect the views of the Swedish government,” it added.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is headquartered in Saudi Arabia, called for concerted action to stop Koran burning in the future, prompting the condemnation.
The 57-member body gathered at its offices in Jeddah to discuss Wednesday’s incident, in which an Iraqi living in Sweden, Salwan Momika, 37, set fire to several pages of the Koran, ARY News reported. (ANI)