The National Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the publication of blasphemous sketches in France and the ‘resurgence of Islamophobic acts’ in some European countries.
A ruckus erupted in the House at the start of the session when both opposition and the government tried to present their own version of the resolution. Both sides exchanged barbs over other political issues, forcing Speaker Qasim Suri to suspend the session for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, the government and opposition devised a consensus on the resolution.
Following the move, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi returned to announce that the government and opposition members had agreed on a unanimous resolution by clubbing their two versions.
He then read out the combined resolution, which says that the National Assembly taking notice of the republication of blasphemous sketches depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the desecration of the Holy Quran in Norway and Sweden “condemns in strongest terms the resurgence of blasphemous and Islamophobic acts by mischievous elements in some parts of the world.”
The lower house was also “highly concerning statements and hate-mongering, especially by leaders like [French] President Emmanuel Macron justifying unlawful propagation and insult to sentiments of more than a billion Muslims through such hate-driven acts under the garb of freedom of expression.”
The assembly also unanimously condemned the blasphemous and insulting practices towards prophets of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism alike.
Moreover, the resolution, referring to the killing of a French teacher, also denounced the act of terrorism committed in the name of any religion.
It also suggested the following steps to “effectively address the issue:
- Recall the Pakistani envoy from Paris.
- Work within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for designating March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia
- Ask OIC countries to boycott French goods