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Muslim countries to raise issue of blasphemous content on social media at UN

[ March 27, 2017 ]

Islamabad: A meeting of ambassadors of the Islamic countries, with Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair, has decided to raise the issue of blasphemous content on social media at the United Nations.

The meeting, which was convened here by the interior minister on one-point agenda to discuss the blasphemous content on the social media and how to actually raise the voice of the entire Muslim world against the madness unleashed against Islam and holy personalities in the name of freedom of expression, Gulf Today Newspaper reported.
The ambassadors and envoys present at the meeting represented UAE, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Qatar, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Palestine, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Maldives and Brunei Darul Salam.
There was unanimity among the participants that the whole of Muslim Ummah is united to protect the sanctity and dignity of the religion and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
It was decided that a comprehensive strategy paper encompassing all legal and technical aspects would be circulated by the ministry of foreign affairs among the ambassadors of the Muslim countries which they would be sharing with their governments to evolve the future plan of action.
It was also decided that a formal reference would be sent to Secretary General of the Arab League (AL) and Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), raising the issue of blasphemous content on social media and how such a tendency had been hurting the sentiments of the Muslims across the world.
The meeting decided that after the response is received from the governments of Islamic countries, the matter would be taken up at the level of United Nations besides looking into legal options available to follow up the matter legally in the courts of the respective countries from where such content was being generated.
The interior minister pointed out that distortion of religious beliefs and sacrilege of holy personalities of any religion is intolerable. He said that no law permits showing disrespect or distortion of any religion.
He said it was unfortunate that Muslims, being the biggest victims of terrorism, were being portrayed as the perpetrators. He said the Islamic Ummah must strive together to impress upon the international community to shed off Islamophobia.
The minister noted that distortion of any religion is also another form of terrorism that the international community must acknowledge.
He stated that sections of the Western world must get out of double standards about Islam and the Muslims. On the 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 appreciated the minister’s initiative for highlighting the issue and taking a lead role towards finding a solution to the issue. They agreed in principle with the strategy identified by the interior minister.