Lip service not enough for existence of Muslim world – Hashmat Habib

By Nasir Mahmood

Imran Khan’s United Nations speech is responded by Norwegian extremists who at the behest of Govt attempted to burn Holy Quran, which was saved by Ilyas Mujahid. This is an act against Muslim Ummah therefore Pakistan should take stern action against Norway. Simple protest by Foreign Office is failure.

Hashmat Habib President Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Adlia advised Govt to break the diplomatic ties and stop import of goods from Norway. He said an impression was given by Imran Khan that his speech will bring results and west shall be restrained to damage the religious feeling of Muslims but it proved otherwise.

Hashmat Habib said this act of Norwegian badbakht is a big sin and the act of Ilyas Mujahid is highly commendable. This is a challenge for the Muslim Ummah to take concrete effective steps otherwise the lip service of Muslim rulers will damage the very existence of Muslim world. He urged that all religious parties, political wings and Muslim Scholars should form a combined platform to fight against all such evil forces. Act swiftly time is running.

It may be mentioned that a scuffle broke out after the leader of the ‘Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN)’ rally, Lars Thorsen, tried to burn a copy of the Holy Quran in the city of Kristiansand despite warnings from local police officials. In a video on social media, the ‘Muslim hero’ could be seen jumping into the barricaded circle to save the holy book from being desecrated. The rally soon turned violent, after which police took Thorsen and his attackers into custody.

A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) stated that the Foreign Office summoned the Norwegian ambassador to convey its “deep concern of the government and people of Pakistan”. Pakistan conveyed to the Norwegian authorities that the incident hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims across the world including those in Pakistan. Such actions could not be justified in the name of freedom of expression. “The Norwegian authorities were urged to bring those responsible to justice and to prevent the recurrence of any such incident in the future,” read the press release.

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