Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to raise the issue of the publication of blasphemous cartoons in France and rising Islamophobia across the western world at all international forums.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the federal cabinet held in Islamabad.
In this regard, the premier has penned letters to all heads of states across the Muslim world, urging them to demonstrate unity on the matter that has hurt the sentiments of Muslims worldwide.
My letter to leaders of Muslim states to act collectively to counter the growing Islamophobia in non-Muslim states esp Western states causing increasing concern amongst Muslims the world over. pic.twitter.com/OFuaKGu2c1
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 28, 2020
During the meeting, PM Imran termed the publication of blasphemous cartoons under the aegis of the French government as intolerable and unacceptable.
He added that no one would be allowed to disrespect Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the pretext of freedom of expression.
The premier has also decided to observe Ishq-e-Rasool (PBUH) week. The Ishq-e-Rasool week will commence this Friday, 30 October, on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH), 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1442 AH, and will remain in effect until next Friday, 6 November.
Earlier this week, the federal government had also decided to propose 15 March to be officially declared as the ‘International Day against Islamophobia’ at the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
15 March marks the grim day on which two consecutive mass shootings occurred at two mosques in a terrorist attack last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer. At least 51 people, including 9 Pakistanis, were martyred and 40 sustained injuries in the terrorist attack.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan penned a letter to CEO Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, urging the latter to enforce a ban on Islamophobic content on Facebook, a ban similar to that in place on the social media platform against Holocaust.
The premier’s letter followed the printing of blasphemous cartoons in France-based weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and subsequent comments of French President Emmanuel Macron, vowing not to give up on the publication of blasphemous cartoons.