Anti-Islam movie: Religious parties call for Islamic summit
LAHORE: An All Parties Conference (APC) of religious parties demanded the Muslim rulers call an Islamic summit to register an effective protest against the US blasphemous movie. It also demanded moving a resolution in the UN for a global law for respect of religions, besides holding a trial of the makers, promoters and distributors of the said movie under the US and international laws on charges of destroying global peace. The APC, called by Tahaffuz Namoos Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) at Jamia Naeemia on Thursday, was participated by over 40 religious parties and organizations. It was chaired by Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri. A communique issued on the occasion condemned the series of blasphemy by European and the US media and intellectuals over the last few years in the name of freedom of expression and said these were deliberate attempts to provoke the Muslims.
It said the blasphemy was a catastrophe bigger than 9/11 for the Muslims and amounted to sabotage the world peace by causing the clash of civilizations. It demanded a review of Clause 3 of Article 1 of the UN Charter to remove the insult of religions and religious ideals from the scope of freedom of expression and declare it a global crime. It also demanded a permanent commission of Muslim countries to prevent blasphemy and called upon the Pakistani government to file a case in the International Court of Justice to punish those responsible for producing the movie.
It also called upon the rulers not to obstruct peaceful protests of the masses, and urged upon the people to remain peaceful and avoid damaging public and private property besides protecting the non-Muslim citizens and their places of worship. Addressing the participants, Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri termed OIC a dead horse and called upon Muslim rulers to have courage to defend the honor of Prophet (SAW). Sunni Tehrik leader Sarwat Ijaz Qadri said thousands of lovers of Prophet (SAW) would make a solemn pledge to lay down their lives on honour of Prophet (SAW) at the Azad Pakistan conference on Oct 7 in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.