Muslim states urged to convene Islamic summit against film
* Religious parties call for global law against blasphemous acts
LAHORE: Speakers at the All Parties Conference (APC) of religious parties have demanded Muslim rulers convene an Islamic summit to register an effective protest against the blasphemous film made in the US.
They said a resolution should be moved in the UN to devise a law against such blasphemous acts, adding that the filmmaker should be tried for disturbing global peace.
The APC, called by Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) at Jamia Naeemia, was attended by more than 40 religious parties and organisations. Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri chaired the session.
A communiqué issued on the occasion condemned the series of blasphemies by European and US media over the last few years in the name of freedom of expression. It said such acts were deliberated attempts to provoke Muslims. It said that such blasphemous acts “are like a catastrophe greater than 9-11 for Muslims and amount to sabotaging the world peace by causing the clash of civilisations”. The APC demanded a review of Clause 3 of Article 1 of the UN Charter to remove the insult of religions and religious ideals from the scope of freedom of expression and declare it a global crime.
It also demanded a permanent commission of Muslim countries to prevent blasphemy and called upon the Pakistani government to file a case in International Court of Justice to punish those responsible for producing the sacrilegious movie.
The APC also called upon rulers not to obstruct peaceful protests by people, and urged upon people to remain peaceful and avoid damaging public and private property.
Addressing the participants, Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri termed OIC a “dead horse” and called upon Muslim rulers to show courage and defend the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Chairman Fazal Karim said his alliance would “wrap up the colonial system” by holding a Namoos-e-Risalat Train March from Karachi to Rawalpindi on October 14.
Sunni Tehrik leader Sarwat Ijaz Qadri said that thousands of lovers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) would attend Azad Pakistan Conference at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi on October 7.