Pakistan Takes Stand Against Quran Desecration: Observing Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran and Mobilizing International Support

In response to the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden, the Pakistani government, led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has announced the observance of Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran on July 7, 2023 (Friday). The decision was made during a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, where it was decided to hold countrywide protest demonstrations against the disrespectful act. A joint parliamentary session will also be convened on July 6 to formulate a national strategy and condemn the desecration.

Nationwide Protest Demonstrations

Various political parties, including the PTI and Jamat-i-Islami (JI), have already announced their participation in protest demonstrations nationwide on Friday. These rallies aim to condemn the Holy Quran’s desecration and send a united message to those responsible for the act. To represent the sentiments and feelings of the nation, a joint session of the parliament will be convened on July 6  2023. During this session, a national strategy will be formulated to address the issue of Quran desecration, and a resolution will be adopted to condemn the act.

Protecting the Sanctity of the Holy Quran

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif emphasized that the sanctity of the Holy Quran is an integral part of Muslim belief, and all Muslims should stand united in its defense. He expressed concern over the nefarious agenda of fanning the negative trend of Islamophobia, emphasizing the importance of containing violent forces infected by such biases. The Prime Minister stressed that those targeting religion, sacred personalities, beliefs, and ideologies threaten world peace. He called upon peace-loving nations and leaders to combat these negative trends through international cooperation and interfaith harmony.

UN Human Rights Council Urgent Meeting

Pakistan has requested an urgent UN Human Rights Council meeting to discuss the Quran desecration incident. Based in Geneva and in session until July 14, the council will modify its agenda to accommodate this request. The urgent debate will focus on the alarming rise in premeditated and public acts of religious hatred, specifically the desecration of the Holy Quran in European and other countries. The debate will be convened in response to the request made by Pakistan on behalf of several members of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), including those who are members of the Human Rights Council.

Pakistan’s decision to observe Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran and hold countrywide protests against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden demonstrates the country’s commitment to defending the sanctity of the Quran and standing against acts of religious hatred. With the convening of a joint parliamentary session and the urgent UN Human Rights Council debate, Pakistan aims to formulate a national strategy and raise international awareness about the issue. Peace-loving nations and leaders must work together to combat Islamophobia and promote interfaith harmony, ultimately contributing to global peace and understanding.

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