PM flays Quran’s desecration in Sweden

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday strongly condemned the desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden and vowed to launch a campaign to seek a reversal of the decision of allowing the sacrilege of holy books.

The prime minister, in a statement, said that from the platform of the Organisations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the government would help create a common strategy to get rid of evil. He said, “The OIC has to play a historic role in representing the sentiments of the Muslim Ummah and to do away with this evil.” The prime minister said that he would campaign to reverse the decision to allow the desecration of the Torah, the Bible, and the Holy Quran.

He said the permission to desecrate the holy books, persons, and rituals was not the freedom of expression but rather a way to constantly torment the world. Prime Minister Shehbaz said that the sequence of events evidenced that this was not a freedom of expression but part of a political and satanic agenda. “The whole world of Islam and Christianity must collectively stop this conspiracy. Satan’s followers are blaspheming the holy book which gave human beings dignity, rights and guidance,” he remarked. The prime minister said that the decision to allow the desecration of the Torah and the Gospel encouraged desecrators.

“This is the promotion of hatred which is not allowed under international law.” He said such attitudes of religious incitement, provocation to terrorism, and violence were fatal to world peace. “These behaviors are highly abhorrent and condemnable both legally and morally,” the prime minister remarked.

The Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the civilized world to come forward and take steps to put an end to the abominable practice of desecration of the holy books. “The attitudes that incite religious hatred, promote violence and encourage terrorism and militancy, need to be checked,” he said in a tweet.

The prime minister said no civilized society would allow the desecration of holy personages, symbols and divine books in the name of freedom of expression. “The grant of permission to desecrate the Holy Quran, Torah & Bible is part of a sinister, vile and despicable agenda whose sole aim could be to threaten world peace,” he said. The prime minister said: “We should not let a handful of Satanic characters undermine our shared values of peace, and tolerance, pluralism.”

Pakistan has all ingredients to tap IT exports worth $25 billion: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan had all the ingredients to increase its Information Technology (IT) exports to the tune of $25 billion in two to three years.

“Investment in the IT sector can fetch quick rewards and dividends and go a long way in addressing our unemployment problem,” he said on his tweet handle account. The PM, who a day earlier attended the national seminar on untapping the IT potential of Pakistan, said the event held under the banner of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) was a reflection of our collective resolve to make Pakistan an IT hub.

“The seminar, attended by all stakeholders from the public & private sectors, laid the groundwork for an IT revolution that the country so desperately needs,” he said. He said, “The SIFC, which represents the whole-of-the-government approach, will ensure the provision of policy continuity and predictability in the IT, agriculture, mines and minerals, and defense production sectors.” “Governments may come and go but the economic revival plan will be implemented with the same energy and passion,” he said. “The IT industry will have all the facilitation, and it needs to grow under a one-window arrangement.” “It is now on the industry leaders to access the most of the opportunity. I have my full faith in their ability,” he added.