Muslims cannot tolerate defamation of Holy Prophet (PBUH), says Elahi


Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi on Sunday said Pakistan was the only country of the world which registered its agitation against the sacrilegious film at the government level, adding that no Muslim could tolerate defamation of Islam or Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Talking to reporters, he said respect of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a matter of great importance for all Muslims.
He said the protests had given a message to the world that Muslims were united and would not let anyone defame their religion.
However, he said a better message would have been given to the world had there been no violence.
The deputy prime minister said the federal cabinet had decided to raise the issue of the profane movie at the UN, adding that the issue would also be discussed at the OIC.
To a question, he said Islamabad did not have sufficient police force and needed provincial support to maintain law and order. “But the lack of coordination created problems,” he said.
“Had the Punjab government cooperated with the federal government‚ the situation on the day of agitation would have been different.”
Elahi said action would be taken against those who damaged public property.
“The law and order in Punjab is extremely poor and the businesses of people are being destroyed in the name of development,” he added.
Elahi said the Rapid Bus Transit project would be worse than the Sasti Roti project, as it was not feasible. He said general elections would be held on time and if any province wanted to hold local bodies’ election, it could do so.