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26 November, Thursday

Pakistan slams France over campaign of Islamophobia

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Pakistan’s upper and lower houses of parliament adopted resolutions Monday condemning France over a "systematic" Islamophobic campaign in the garb of freedom of expression,

The treasury and opposition lawmakers unanimously voted for the two separate resolutions, which strongly condemned the latest attempt of "illegal" and "Islamophobic" acts of republication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in France.

The resolution was introduced in the National Assembly by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi which strongly condemned recent derogatory remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron.

It urged the government to recall its ambassador from France in protest against the sacrilege of Prophet Muhammad.

It also called on the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to continue to monitor the phenomenon of Islamophobia and take necessary actions for presenting Islamic countries' common position on the matter, especially the issue of blasphemous caricatures.

The resolution also called on the UN to immediately initiate a global dialogue for inter-faith harmony and countering the rising trend of Islamophobia.

In the Senate, a similar resolution introduced by the Leader of the House, Shahzad Waseem, reaffirmed that the love for Prophet Muhammad is "beyond any doubt a part of our faith and no Muslim can tolerate such horrendous acts."

Representing the sentiments of the people of Pakistan and the Muslim world as a whole, the upper house expressed serious concerns over such "vile" incidents which provoke Muslim reaction while also causing "grievous injury to Muslim sentiments."

The lawmakers urged the parliaments and international community to come up with a framework and means to stop the recurrence of such acts in the future so as to ensure peaceful coexistence as well as social and interfaith harmony.

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