Pakistan condemns desecration of Quran in Sweden, shelling on mourners in occupied Kashmir
Pakistan has strongly condemned the ‘burning’ of copies of the Holy Quran in European countries and the shelling of participants of the 10th Muharram procession by Indian forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the recent burning of copies of the Koran in Malmمو, Sweden and Oslo, Norway,” Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said in a statement on Twitter.
“Such growing cases of Islamophobia are against the teachings of any religion. Religious hatred cannot defend freedom of expression,” he said.
“Respecting the religious beliefs of others is a shared responsibility and essential to global peace and stability,” the State Department spokesman said.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Police spokesman Record Landquest said more than 300 protesters had gathered and allegedly burned copies of the Islamic holy book (the Qur’an).
He said 10 to 20 protesters had been arrested on Friday and that “everyone has been released”.
According to the report, Rasmus Pluden of Denmark’s far-right anti-immigration party ‘Hardline’ was traveling to Malm to address the rally but was arrested and deported, after which protesters took to the streets.
Swedish officials say Rasmussen Pluden has been banned from entering Sweden for two years and “we suspected he was going to break the law in Sweden.”
Condemnation of use of tear gas on mourners in Kashmir
Referring to Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement that “Pakistan strongly condemns the firing of pellets and tear gas on Muslims participating in the Muharram procession in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”
“There are reports that illegal and indiscriminate firing of pellets has severely injured dozens of Kashmiri people, who have sustained eye injuries which will result in permanent blindness,” he said.
“The Indian Army has been using pellet guns and cartridges in illegally occupied Kashmir since 2010, resulting in a large number of deaths and serious injuries to thousands of Kashmiris, including women and children,” he said. ۔
The Foreign Office spokesman said that “in this bloody campaign, the youth of Kashmir are being targeted under the scheme”.
“Indiscriminate targeting of civilians with pellet guns is causing incurable wounds and deaths, which is a clear violation of human rights and international law,” he said.
“The Indian government is blatantly violating the basic principles of the use of force and firearms and the rules and regulations of UN law enforcement officials,” he said.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should realize that it is directly responsible for these illegal actions of the Indian occupying forces.
He said laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Safety Act could not protect globally recognized crimes.
Addressing the international community, the Foreign Office spokesperson said that “the international community should take immediate action against this grave violation of human rights in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and bring India to book for illegal actions.”
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that “India must ensure full implementation of international law.”
It is to be noted that Indian forces in occupied Kashmir had fired pellet guns and tear gas on the mourners participating in the Muharram procession, as a result of which 40 people were injured.
According to eyewitnesses, dozens of people were injured by Indian forces’ pellet guns for ignoring the ban on religious gatherings in the valley.
Indian authorities on Thursday re-imposed a ban on religious gatherings after clashes with Muslims seeking a traditional procession in the holy month of Muharram.
A doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, said about 25 pellet gun victims had been taken to a nearby clinic, some with bullet marks on their faces and bodies.
“We have relocated about a dozen people for better treatment,” the doctor said.