English Press Release 25.11.2019

FAISALABAD. Zafar Iqbal Sarwar Acting President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) has condemned the shameful act of putting the Holy Book of Quran on fire in Norway by a disgruntled person and said that such mentally sick elements are a black spot on the face of civilized world.

He said that government of Pakistan has taken immediate and bold step by conveying its displeasure on this issue to the Norwegian government in addition to convening an emergent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to take collective steps to discourage reoccurrence of such incidents in future. He said that it is very strange that after the declaration of some courts in European countries that blasphemous acts cannot fall under the purview of freedom of expression and such acts must be discouraged with an iron hand. He warned that mocking the most sacred personalities of any religion is tantamount to perpetrate “clash of civilization” in the world which may also disrupt much needed harmony and peace in this world. He said that previously organized efforts were also made by publically arranging contests of caricature of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Acting President FCCI expressed satisfaction that governments in many EU Countries immediately realized its negative repercussions and took immediate remedial measures to stop this unholy mindset. He said that such incidents would not only divide the countries on the basis of their beliefs but also disturb world peace at large. He also termed the recent incident as an attempt to promote communal unrest in Norway and said that youth who tried to stop this fundamentalist is actually a benefactor of Norway. He said that now people living in Norway must concentrate on promoting communal harmony instead of encouraging such fanatics who were out to sabotage peace in this country. Mr. Zafar Iqbal Sarwar requested the Norwegian government to construct a Communal Harmony monument or center at this site to express its firm commitment to support communal harmony and brotherhood. He also requested Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi Foreign Minister of Pakistan to take up this proposal with Norwegian government in order to restore confidence and trust between the two countries. He further said that the proposed memorial or center will also provide an opportunity to the Muslim community living in Norway to heave a sigh of relief and contribute its productive role in the socio-economic uplift of this country.

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