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Burning Holy Quran in Sweden faces wide reactions

KABUL: The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has condemned in the strongest possible term the recent move by some extremist individuals to burn the holy Quran outside Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, as statement from the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said the other day.
The statement asked the Swedish government for punishing of the perpetrators and do not allow such malicious individuals to repeat this act again.
The Muslim world has also erupted in anger and alarm after Sweden allowed a far-right racist politician Rasmus Paludan to burn a copy of the Muslim Holy book Quran in front of the Turkish embassy building in Stockholm, media reported.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack on our holy book, the Quran, in Sweden today (21 January), despite our repeated warnings earlier,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said. Calling the act “an outright hate crime,” the ministry said: “Permitting this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the guise of freedom of expression is completely unacceptable.”
“This despicable act is yet another example of the alarming level that Islamophobia and, racist and discriminatory movements have reached in Europe.”
“This senseless and provocative Islamophobic act hurts the religious sensitivities of over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world,” said a statement from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Such actions are “not covered under any legitimate expression of the right to freedom of expression or opinion, which carries responsibilities under international human rights law, such as the obligation not to carry out hate speech and incite people to violence.”
“Pakistan’s concerns are being conveyed to the authorities in Sweden. We urge them to be mindful of the sentiments of the people of Pakistan and the Muslims worldwide and take steps to prevent Islamophobic acts,” the statement added.
The incident “hurts Muslims’ sentiments across the world and marks serious provocation,” Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Shaikh Salem Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah said in statements cited by the state news agency KUNA.
He called on the international community “to shoulder responsibility by stopping such unacceptable acts and denouncing all forms of hatred and extremism and brining the perpetrators to accountability.”
Jordan “condemned the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran in the Swedish capital Stockholm, stressing the Kingdom’s rejection of this act that fuels hatred.”
It emphasized the necessity to spread the culture of peace and acceptance of the others and “condemning extremism is a collective responsibility.”
Egypt expressed its strong condemnation of the disgraceful act that provokes the feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.
Egypt warned of the dangers of the spread of such acts that offend religions and fuel hate speech and violence, calling for upholding the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence and preventing offense to all religions and their sanctities through such extremist practices that contradict the values of respect for religion.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation bloc said the “provocative action… targets Muslims, insults their sacred values, and serves as further example of the alarming level reached by Islamophobia” and asked Sweden to punish those behind a “hate crime”.
Russian Foreign Ministry has also denounced the act and asked to bring those committed the vicious act to justice.
“Burning the holy Quran is the work of vicious people and gangsters who should be taken responsible for their act,” said the Russian foreign ministry in the statement.
The Kabul Times

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