LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Sirajul Haq, in a letter addressed to 28 heads of states and the secretaries general of the United Nations and the OIC, has strongly condemned the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France, and called for UN legislation prohibiting blasphemy of all the Prophets (AS) of Allah.

He has stressed upon the world community to give due respect to all the prophets (AS) and the holy books as mandatory. He demanded that anyone committing any such action must be charged with crime against humanity and proceeded against accordingly.

The letter has been addressed to the rulers of various states, including France, Denmark, Britain, Italy, Germany, United States and the secretaries general of the UN and the OIC.

The JI chief, in his communication, said that the publication of caricatures of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) had caused unrest and deep concern throughout the Muslim world and it was high time that necessary legal measures should be taken to prevent the repetition of such a practice.

Siraj said the Muslims had full respect for all religions, the Prophets of Allah and all human beings, therefore, the same respect must also be paid to Muslim Ummah and its holiest personality.

He said a small community could not be given the right to disturb the peace of any country, region or the entire world. He said all the religions and the prophets of God should be accorded equal respect and every state should frame strict laws in this respect.

The JI chief also condemned the biased actions in some European states against the mosques and the Muslim citizens and said that harsh actions of these states against their own citizens would only increase unrest.

The JI chief, in his letter, further said that the JI strongly condemned all forms and kinds of terrorism. However, he said, the JI wanted the world at large to diagnose the root causes of terrorism and adopt necessary steps to remove these.