The Pakistani government, led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has called for nationwide protests in response to the recent burning of the Quran at a demonstration in Sweden. The government spokesperson, Marriyum Aurangzeb, confirmed that the prime minister made the decision during a meeting and declared a specific day for upholding the Quran’s sanctity.
The protests are scheduled to take place on Friday, and the government is urging all political parties and the entire nation to participate in the demonstrations. This action comes as a strong condemnation of the Quran burning incident and aims to uphold the sanctity of the holy book.
Muslims from all over the world have expressed their condemnation regarding the burning of the Quran in Sweden. This act of desecration has been widely criticized and viewed as disrespectful towards the Islamic faith. Various Muslim organizations, as well as individuals, have voiced their concerns and called for measures to prevent such incidents in the future. The condemnation has also prompted international discussions and calls for action against religious hate and intolerance.
Qatar has condemned the burning of the Quran in Sweden, calling it a “heinous act.” According to Al Arabiya Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Sweden over Quran burning incident. Turkish President Erdogan strongly criticized Sweden over Quran burning incident. Several other countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen and Iran condemned the Quran burning in Sweden.
Even the United States condemned the burning of Quran in Sweden. At a press conference, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller stated that while the US is “deeply concerned by the act,” it supports freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly as fundamental components of democracy.
The demonstrations, according to Miller, “create a climate of fear that will affect the ability of Muslims and members of other religious minorities to freely exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief in Sweden.” We also think that granting this demonstration a permit supports freedom of expression and does not support the acts of the demonstration, he continued.