ISLAMABAD - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called upon the UN, EU, OIC and other world forums for strict implementation of laws against the continued practice of insulting religious beliefs in the grab of freedom of expressions.

He was addressing the Plenary Session of 10th Conference of the Parliamentary Union of the Islamic Countries (PUIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday. According to a statement issued by National Assembly, the Speaker said that there has been a sporadic outpour of anger in all Muslim countries due to the printing of blasphemous caricatures in the French and other journals. “I strongly condemn the continued practice of insulting religious beliefs in the garb of freedom of expression, especially against the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him),” he said.

He said that Islam is the religion of peace and the Muslims respect all Prophets and Holy Scriptures. Therefore, we expect the world to show similar grace. The Speaker shared the brutality of December 16, 2014, when some mind-set of hate attacked Army Public School in Peshawar and brutally hunted 143 helpless young students, their unarmed teachers and officials including women. He said that Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism and extremism for the last decade and we have paid the heaviest price anywhere in the world for this international war by sacrificing more than sixty thousand men, women, children and members of our law enforcing agencies.  

He informed that terrorism and extremism is our common problem and we are determine to root out this evil from our homeland and committed to join hands to eradicate it once and for all.

“It is the time to address the real challenge together in a spirit of mutual respect and non-interference. Let us rise above the narrow considerations of sect and creed and forge unity” the Speaker said. He stressed the need to check the sources of funding in the name of charity and alms which might directly or indirectly falls into hands of terrorists.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the world must recognise that without addressing the long-standing issues of Palestine and Kashmir, international peace and stability will remain a distant dream. “PUIC provides an ideal forum of the chosen representatives of the Muslim World. It must be strengthened and its deliberations must be translated into meaningful actions to guide the Ummah towards a bright future” he said.