‘Movie against principles of freedom of expression’
KARACHI: MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has said sacrilegious film is a total denial of the principles of freedom of expression.He was talking to the chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Tahir Ashrafi on telephone. Altaf expressed grave concerns on the increasing wave of religious extremism, sectarian violence and bloodshed done against religious minorities and lack of tolerance.
Both leaders denounced the sacrilegious film and said that it was a total denial of the principles of freedom of expression. They condemned violence, terrorism and damaging of public and private properties on the occasion of Youm-i-Ishq-i-Rasool. They deplored the burning of Church in Mardan and the loss of innocent lives in incidents of violence. They agreed that the incidents of violence and terrorism could not be called an expression of love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as they had brought Islam and Pakistan into further disrepute internationally.
Allama Ashrafi commended Altaf Hussain for raising his voice against the disparaging film by protesting in a peaceful manner. He praised the demand for formulating laws through the platform of the United Nations in order to stop such inflammatory incidents in the future. They said all citizens must be given equal respect and religious sensibilities of no-Muslims must also be respected. Both the leaders agreed on making mutual efforts for promoting religious harmony, brotherhood, tolerance, and love in the country.