sweden quran line: Condemning yet another incident of desecration of the Holy Quran in Stockholm, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday vowed to launch a campaign against such activities in Sweden with the help of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Sharif’s comments came after a second incident of desecration of the Holy Quran since last month, involving Salwan Momika, an Iraqi Christian. Momica stepped outside the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm on Thursday and kicked a copy of the Quran, but refrained from burning the book.
According to Sharif, permission to desecrate religious books, persons and rituals is not a part of freedom of expression, but a way of “constantly tormenting the world”, Geo News reported. He further described these activities as political and part of a ‘satanic’ agenda.
The Pakistani PM said, “These practices are highly abhorrent and reprehensible both legally and morally.” He said that such activities inciting religious hatred can endanger world peace.
Meanwhile, Pakistan officially condemned “in the strongest terms” another incident involving public desecration of the Quran.
Controversy flares up after another incident of desecration of Quran
Meanwhile, after the incident, Iraq expelled the Swedish ambassador in Baghdad and ordered the withdrawal of the Iraqi charge d’affaires from Stockholm. The decision came hours after protesters angry at the desecration of the Quran stormed the Swedish embassy in Baghdad, ransacking the compound and lighting small fires.
Several countries are considering breaking diplomatic relations with Sweden, with demonstrations being planned in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.
Last month, Momika was seen tearing up and burning a copy of the Quran at a protest near a mosque in Stockholm around the festival of Eid al-Adha. The incident caused huge outrage in Muslim countries, as the Quran is the most sacred religious text.
The Swedish authorities, in their reasoning, allowed the protest, citing the protection of freedom of expression. This stems from the fact that Sweden strongly supports the right to hold public demonstrations. Muslim countries strongly criticized this permission, citing growing religious hatred.