In a letter addressed to heads of 28 states, the secretaries general of the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has condemned the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France and asked the UN to legislate against blasphemy.
He has said the global community must declare due respect for all the prophets and revealed books. Anyone who blasphemes against them should be charged with crime against humanity, regardless of their faith, and be prosecuted accordingly.
The JI chief said the caricatures had caused unrest and deep concern throughout the Muslim world. “It is time that we take necessary legal measures to prevent repetition of such a practice.”
Haq said that Muslims respected all religions and prophets. They deserved to have their religion and prophet respected as well, he said.
“A small community cannot be given the right to disturb the peace of any country.” He said all religions and prophets should be accorded equal respect and every state should frame strict laws in this regard.
The JI chief also condemned bias in some European states against mosques and Muslim citizens. He said their harsh actions would only give rise to more unrest.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2015.
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