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Sindh Assembly passes Namoose Risalat resolution

KARACHI: Condemning the publication of sacrilegious sketches in France, the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution on Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH).

Senior minister, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, tabled the resolution in the provincial assembly. Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP), Mufti Qasim Fakhri, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Ghaffar Bilal, and Grand Democratic Alliance’s (GDA) Nusrat Sehar also tabled separate resolutions.

The house while condemning blasphemous caricatures in France also demanded the federal government to take steps the prevention of the insulting activity.

On this occasion, Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani hailed the unity of the house on an important matter, saying, “It is a very critical and sensitive issue and the whole house has been united over the publication of sacrilegious sketches.

The house also prayed for those martyred and injured in recent clashes and countrywide protests. Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami’s (JI) MPA, Abdul Rasheed demanded the removal of the Federal Interior Minister, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, through a motion.

He also demanded to unban the proscribed organization and implementation of the agreements signed on Namoos-e-Risalat (S.A.W).

On Tuesday, a resolution was also tabled in the National Assembly (NA) for the deportation of the French ambassador from Pakistan over the issue of blasphemous caricatures and remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser presided over the session during which MNA Amjad Ali Khan presented the resolution on Tuesday.

 According to the resolution, blasphemous sketches were published by a French magazine, and then the French president’s remarks hurt the sentiments of hundreds of millions of Muslims in the name of freedom of expression.

“The House condemns the publication of insulting sketches by the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo and Muslims around the world had also expressed outrage at the publication of the sketches,” read the resolution.

The resolutions also asked for a debate over the issue of deporting the French ambassador and also proposed to provide spaces in different parts of the country for protests on religious issues. It added that instead of blocking roads, specific places for protests should be identified.

“All Muslim countries should be consulted on the issue and all European countries in general and France, in particular, should be made aware of the seriousness of the issue,” the resolution added.