Condemning in the strongest words the screening of blasphemous film in the US,
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that those involved in the movie
in any manner or role are enemies of the humanity. He said that no one could be
allowed to undertake such heinous act under the banner of freedom of expression.
He said that the sanctity of holy personages, Prophets and religions was protected
under the United Nations Conventions and other laws and it was responsibility of
individual country to ensure that no blasphemy takes place.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that no institution, or an individual or a country
could be allowed to hurt the emotions of over a billion Muslims. He asked the OIC
to convene an emergency meeting of the apex Muslim body and force the US to shut
down the screening of the accursed movie.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri also asked the President, Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Opposition leaders and political forces that claimed to represent the masses to
put across their feelings in a straightforward manner. He said that the Government
of Pakistan should immediately summon the US Ambassador to the Foreign Office and
lodge its strong protest, demanding a ban on the film.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that on the one hand, there was unending talk
of eliminating terrorism and establishing durable peace, and on the other hand, such
acts were being carried out, which had the potential of derailing peace efforts
thereby rendering the world even more vulnerable to new dangers. He said that such
acts could jeopardize world peace and spawn more terrorism. He said that there were
strong possibilities that the world could plunge into a pit of destruction if such
activities continued to take place unhindered.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said emphatically that if West was really interested
in establishing peace and eliminating terrorism, it needed to act fast to put an
end to such acts. He said that relevant laws existed in the world and their implementation
in letter and spirit would help tackle radicalism. He said that there was also need
to modify the legislations to make them more deterrent and stringent so that such
heinous actions should be banned, which are undertaken in the name of freedom of