LAHORE: At Prime Minister Imran Khan’s instructions, efforts and coordination are being made around the world to ensure legislation against Islamophobia and to end blasphemy, regarding the sanctity of the holy places of all heavenly religions, said the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Harmony and Head of Religion. Pakistani Ulema Council (PUC) Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi.
In his speech, which was held here on Sunday at the Catholic Church of Sibestuan Archbishop Francis Shaw, Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that freedom of expression does not mean undermining the sanctity of scripture and heavenly religion. He said that under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s instructions, coordinated efforts were being made around the world to ensure a law against blasphemy and to continue to examine elements that create blasphemous caricatures and blasphemous images.
Ashrafi also welcomed the resumption of coordination between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, adding that Pakistan has stable relations with all Arab countries and baseless rumors cannot destabilize relations between Pakistan and the Arab world. He also urged overseas Pakistanis, living in the Gulf countries, not to comment on the internal and external problems of these countries on social media sites. Commenting on the killing cases of Qadiyan residents in Peshawar and Nankana Sahib, Tahir Ashrafi said that Pakistan’s Constitution has categorically defined the rights of minorities and Muslims living in Pakistan, adding that individuals, groups and organizations cannot be allowed to impose their will on people. other. segments of society by force.
At the Catholic Church ceremony, Ashrafi was also flanked by the Chairman of the Pakistan Church Council Bishop Azad Marshall, Pastor James Chunan, Pastor Shahid Maharaj, Sardar Sikandar Singh from the Leader of the Pakistani Sikh Community, Leader of the Hindu Community Dr Munawar Chand Bhagat, Laal Khokhar and Muslim Ulama. including Syed Ziaullah Shah Bukhari, Maulana Shafi Qasmi, Maulana Asadullah Farooq, Maulana Zubair Abid, Abdul Qayyum Farooqi, Dr Sohail Ahmed Raza from Minhajul Quran.
Speaking on this occasion, Tahir Ashrafi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has committed to unifying the Muslim Ummah and for this purpose the Pakistani government, rather than taking immediate action on the blasphemy issue of the French president, is making a coordinated effort to take a unanimous vote. attitude with support from all over the Muslim world. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was exalted as Rehmatul Al-Alameen and different religious leaders condemned the blasphemous caricatures of France and the profanity of French President Emmanuel Macron.
The leaders of the different religions agree that freedom of expression does not necessarily undermine the sanctity of the prophet and religion. The agreement between the Pope and Sheikh Azhar in Dubai and the declaration of a world conference, which was held in front of the World Islamic League in Makkah call for respect and reverence for the sanctity of all religions.
In contrast to other parts of the world, the situation for religious harmony is much better in Pakistan. Citing the example of India, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that 200 churches in India were burned to ashes and 50 pastors were burned alive. Likewise the situation of Muslims and the lower classes in India was very sad who were killed mercilessly by the masses who dominated Hinduism.
Responding to the question, Ashrafi said that Pakistan’s relations with Arab countries are very stable, adding that due to COVID-19, some Arab countries have limited visa facilities for Pakistan.
On this occasion, leaders of the Hindu Community and Christian community including Bishop Sibestuan Francis Shaw, Bishop Azad Marshall, Pastor James Chunan, Shahid Maharaj, Sardar Sikandar Singh and others mentioned the appointment of Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Religious Harmony. as a good sign for minorities in Pakistan. They stated that Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi would become a bridge between Muslim and non-Muslim Pakistani communities.