‘Say no to blasphemy’

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Pakistan Ulema Council chief Tahir Ashrafi urges UN to take notice of blasphemous caricatures published in French magazine and make laws to stop blasphemous acts across the globe

Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Saturday urged the United Nations (UN) to take notice of blasphemous sketches published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Talking to state television, he said the UN should make an effective legislation on the issue, binding the member states to adopt necessary measures to prevent occurrence of such an incident in the future.

He said there must be respect for all religions, faiths and sects and sacred personalities of all religion, adding that no one could be allowed to hurt others’ sentiments in the name of freedom of expression.

“There is a dire need to prevent happening of such incident in future,” he added.

Ashrafi paid glowing tribute to late Saudi king, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, saying that the great services rendered by him for the ummah would long be remembered.

He said that the deceased worked for the welfare of Muslims throughout his life and raised voice against the suppression and injustice meted out to Muslims in any part of the world.

Besides, the king also made untiring efforts for greater unity among Muslims across the world, he added.