Pakistan has strongly condemned yet one more incident of the desecration of the Holy Quran, this time in the Netherlands, based on a press launch issued by the Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday.
A day in the past, a Dutch far-proper activist had trampled on and tore up a duplicate of the Holy Quran at an illustration outdoors the Turkish embassy in The Hague, infuriating dozens of counter-protesters.
The Dutch authorities had already condemned the holding of the demonstration forward of the occasion however stated it had no authorized powers to stop it.
Edwin Wagensveld, who leads the Dutch department of the far-proper group Pegida, broken a duplicate of the Quran, AFP correspondents had witnessed. He was accompanied by two different individuals.
Police had sealed off entry to the road the place the Turkish embassy is situated and there have been round fifty counter-protesters additionally current. Some of them started throwing stones at Wagensveld when he tore up pages from the Quran.
Around 20 police outfitted with shields and batons intervened when some of the group tried to chase after him as he left.
Condemning the “provocative and deeply offensive act”, the FO stated the “deliberate Islamophobic act” had deeply damage the emotions of the worldwide Muslim group and threatened peaceable coexistence and inter-non secular concord.
The press launch stated Pakistan’s issues have been being conveyed to the authorities in the Netherlands, urging them to be conscious of the emotions of Muslims world wide and take steps to stop such “hateful and Islamophobic acts”.
The FO additionally known as on the worldwide group to lift its voice in opposition to Islamophobia and work collectively to advertise interfaith concord.
“Such offensive acts can’t be lined below official freedom of expression, opinion and protest. International legislation obliges states to stop and prohibit deliberate incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence on the premise of faith or perception.
“Pakistan believes that freedom of expression comes with obligations. It is the duty of nationwide governments and the worldwide group at giant to stop racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic acts. That was the spirit behind the decision handed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2022 to mark March 15 because the International Day to Combat Islamophobia,” the FO stated.
Similar incidents of the Holy Quran’s desecration have taken place in different European international locations not too long ago.
In late July, two males set fireplace to a duplicate of the Quran in entrance of the Swedish parliament, and related incidents have taken place in Denmark this yr.
Such demonstrations have provoked anger and condemnations and generally unrest in a number of Muslim international locations.