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Pakistanis protest sacrilege of Koran in Norway.
Dozens of people stage protest in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi to
condemn sacrilege of Islam’s holy book Koran in Norwegian city of
SHOTLIST: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (NOVEMBER 27, 2019) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)
- PROTESTERS FROM ISLAMIC GROUP “TANZEEM-E-ISLAMI” HOLDING BANNER AND PLACARDS STANDING
- PLACARD HELD BY PROTESTER, READING (English) “WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH”
- ANOTHER PLACARD READING “BURNING QURAN IS A TERRORIST ATTACK ON MUSLIM UMMAH”
- PROTESTERS STANDING
- PLACARD READING (Urdu) “SACRILEGE OF QURAN HAS EXPOSED THE REAL FACE OF THE WEST”
- BANNER HELD BY PROTESTERS READING (Urdu) “FIFTY SEVEN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES AND OIC SHOULD GIVE BEFITTING REPLY TO THE WEST”
- PROTESTERS STANDING
- PLACARD READING (Urdu) “UNITED NATIONS SHOULD BAN ISLAMOPHOBIC ORGANISATION ‘SIAN’”(SION)
- PROTEST LEADER ADDRESSING
- CROWD LISTENING
- (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PROTEST LEADER, SHUJAUDDIN SHAIKH, SAYING: “We want to say that Islam is a religion of peace and its followers are peaceful people. But we can not tolerate desecration of holy Koran, other holy books or prophets.”
- VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS STANDING
STORY: Around fifty people on Wednesday (November 27) staged a protest demonstration in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi to condemn sacrilege of Islam’s holy book Koran in Norwegian city of Kristiansand.
Last week, the head of Norway’s extreme right-wing group, Stop the Islamisation of Norway (SION), held a protest against Islam and attempted to burn a copy of the holy Koran.
A Muslim man, identified as Umer Ilyas, prevented Lars Thorson from desecrating the Holy Scripture, but the group’s leader threw it in a waste container in the presence of a police contingent.
Ilyas, who was arrested by the Norwegian police at the site, is being hailed as hero by Muslims worldwide after a video clip showing him attacking Thorson went viral on social media.
Wednesday’s protest demonstration was organized by Islamic group called ‘Tanzeem-e-Islami’. Holding banners and placards, the protesters gathered outside Karachi Press Club.
“Burning Quran is a terrorist attack on Muslim ummah”, read a placard.
“Fifty seven Islamic countries and OIC should give befitting reply to the West”, read a banner.
“We want to say that Islam is a religion of peace and its followers are peaceful people. But we can not tolerate desecration of holy Koran, other holy books or prophets,”said protest leader Shujauddin Shaikh.
Pakistan summoned Norway’s ambassador to the Foreign Office on Saturday to express “deep concern” over the recent desecration of the Holy Koran in Norway.
“Pakistan’s condemnation of the action was reiterated,” said the Foreign Office in a statement. “It was underscored that such actions hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world, including those in Pakistan,” it said, adding that such actions could not be justified in the name of “freedom of expression”.
The Norwegian authorities were urged to bring those responsible to justice and prevent the recurrence of any such incidents in the future. Pakistan’s ambassador in Oslo has also been directed to convey Pakistan’s protest and deep concern to Norwegian authorities.
Muslims across the world, including Norway, while condemning the act have called for registering a case of hate crime against Thorson.