The global network on Saturday equivocally condemned the desecration of the holy Quran in Sweden, calling it an act of racism, xenophobia, whilst the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would be convening an emergency meeting on the matter subsequent week to take a united stand.
The European Union joined numerous Muslim international locations in condemning the present day incident with the aid of a man, who fled from Iraq to Sweden numerous years ago, outdoor Stockholm’s significant mosque on Wednesday. He has been charged by Swedish police with agitation against an ethnic or country wide institution and a contravention of a ban on fires that has been in area in Stockholm considering that mid-June.
The act has drawn sturdy grievance from numerous international locations, along with Pakistan, Turkiye, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq and Iran.
In its condemnation, the EU stated the desecration of the Holy Quran or another holy e book changed into “offensive, and disrespectful and a clean act of provocation”.
“Manifestations of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance don’t have any place in Europe,” Nabila Massrali, the EU spokesperson for overseas affairs and security coverage, said in a announcement.
“The EU joins the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its strong rejection of the burning of a [copy of the Holy] Quran by way of an individual in Sweden. This act in no way displays the evaluations of the European Union.”
She brought, “It is even greater deplorable that such an act become executed at the critical Muslim celebration of Eidul Azha.”
The OIC announced a day after the incident that it would be convening an emergency meeting next week to discuss the problem.
The intergovernmental employer of 57 nations said in a assertion that the assembly had been referred to as by means of Saudi Arabia in its capacity as chair of the Islamic Summit Conference and would take place on the OIC headquarters within the Saudi city of Jeddah.
The emergency assembly would additionally pass over the strategies for handling the fallout from the incident, it delivered.
In an earlier assertion, the OIC strongly condemned the incident, saying that such an act contradicted “worldwide efforts to unfold the values of tolerance, moderation, and renunciation of extremism.”
It also reiterated its condemnation of such “reprehensible acts that a few extremists deliberately devote” and advised relevant governments around the world to “take effective measures to save you its recurrence”.
The OIC additionally emphasized the significance of adhering to the UN Charter in phrases of promoting and encouraging appreciate for, and observance of, human rights and essential freedoms for all at the worldwide level.
Meanwhile, Pakistan, too, strongly condemned the “despicable act”, stressing that “such wilful incitement to discrimination, hated and violence cannot be justified beneath the pretext of freedom of expression and protest”.
“The recurrence of such Islamophobic incidents at some stage in the last few months inside the West calls into extreme query the prison framework which allows such hate-pushed actions.
“We reiterate that the proper to freedom of expression and opinion does not offer a license to stoke hatred and sabotage inter-religion concord,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Thursday.
It in addition said that Pakistan’s concerns approximately the incident have been being conveyed to Sweden and urged the global community and the national governments to adopt “credible and concrete measures to save you the rising incidents of xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred”.
Separately, President Arif Alvi also issued a condemnation, terming the incident “painful”.
He said the act had “deeply hurt the feelings of billions of Muslims, [and] every country ought to take measures for the prevention of such Islamophobic acts”.
Kuwait additionally summoned Sweden’s envoy, based within the United Arab Emirates, over the incident, after the UAE and also called inside the united states’s diplomatic representatives.
“The deputy minister of foreign affairs surpassed the Swedish ambassador an legit protest be aware containing the condemnation and denunciation of the State of Kuwait for the burning of a copy of the Holy Qoran by using an extremist,” the foreign ministry stated.
The observe additionally denounced Sweden for repeatedly allowing the act, the foreign ministry stated.
The United States also condemned the incident but said that issuing the permit for the protest outdoor the Stockholm mosque supported freedom of expression and was no longer an endorsement of the action.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as the Turkish foreign minister, have condemned the incident.