LAHORE - Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have agreed to jointly launch nationwide movement against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine.

Both the parties will convene a meeting of all political and religious parties to devise a strategy to put pressure on the government to make efforts for an international law against blasphemy.

It was decided at a meeting of JI chief Sirajul Haq with JuD head Hafiz Saeed at Jamia Al-Qadisa.  JI central leader Liaqat Baloch, JuD’s Hafiz Abdur Rahman Makki, Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e Rasool head Maulana Amir Hamza and JI Punjab chapter chief Dr. Waseem Akhtar were also present.

Hafiz Saeed and Siraj ul Haq also agreed that protest rallies and conference on February 5, 2014 would be held to express solidarity with Kashmiris.

Speaking on the occasion, Siraj said it was a dire that the protests against blasphemy should be converted into a nationwide and international movement. “The leaders of 40 European countries had hurt the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world by showing solidarity with the blasphemers, and now there is dire need that all Muslims should joint hands for safeguarding the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Muslims would sacrifice their lives but could not tolerate the blasphemy,” Siraj ul Haq said.

Hafiz Saeed and Siraj also discussed in detail the conspiracies hatched during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India. They said that they would continue their moral support with Kashmiris and hold conferences and protests on the Kashmir Solidarity.

They also called upon the government to raise the issue if blasphemous caricatures at OIC, United Nations and other international forums.