PML-N submits resolution against anti-Islam movie
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday submitted a resolution in the Senate to condemn the anti-Islam movie.
The resolution moved by Senator Ishaq Dar, leader of the opposition in the Upper House, read the Senate of Pakistan condemned in strongest terms the airing of the movie which seemed to be a vilification campaign being maliciously touted by some Western elements, lobbies and countries to malign Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the holy Quran, all on the pretext – and behind the smokescreen of freedom of speech and expression.
It read further the House conveyed deep concern over a systematic, conscious and well-orchestrated connivance to consistently splash out and propagate hate literature, sacrilegious caricatures and incendiary statements to aggravate religious sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims across the globe. “The Senate of Pakistan calls upon the United Nations and other International forum to promote peace and harmony, mutual human respect, tolerance, and, above all, safeguard all human beings from abuse and torture of all kinds, irrespective of the colour, creed, race, religion, national identity and political strength,” it added. Furthermore, the resolution read that the right of freedom of speech and freedom of expression should not be allowed to be abused to avoid creating inter-faith fissures and hurting sentiments of followers of a certain faith, which in this case are Muslims, who happen to be the largest religious denomination of the world after Christians.
“This House is of the considered opinion that such incidents provide extremists and terrorist’s organizations a good justification and a supposedly higher moral ground in recruiting, promoting and exporting extremism and terrorism, and take advantage of this to create more cleavages between followers of different religions and stoke up hatred and mistrust.”
It also read, “The Senate of Pakistan urges upon the United Nations that an international law/framework is devised making incumbent upon all member states to jointly work towards interfaith harmony by introducing laws entailing deterrent punishments in order to discourage and prevent the production and outflow of blasphemous material aiming at insulting or ridiculing all religions, holy personalities and other sacred scriptures.”