Saturday, October 1, 2022

Pakistan regrets over EU Parliament's resolution on blasphemy

Pakistan regrets over EU Parliament's resolution on blasphemy

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan on Friday has expressed disappointment over a resolution at the European Parliament on blasphemy laws.

While responding to the queries, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri expressed regret for EU Parliament's demand for religious freedom in Pakistan and resolution on blasphemy.

“The discourse in the European Parliament reflects a lack of understanding in the context of blasphemy laws and associated religious sensitivities in Pakistan – and in the wider Muslim world,”

“The unwarranted commentary about Pakistan’s judicial system and domestic laws are regrettable,” he added.

The FO spokesperson said that Pakistan being a parliamentary democracy with a vibrant civil society, free media and independent judiciary, remained fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination.

“We are proud of our minorities who enjoy equal rights and complete protection of fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution. Judicial and administrative mechanisms and remedies are in place to guard against any human rights violations,” he added.

Zahid Hafeez mentioned that Pakistan had played an active role in promoting freedom of religion or belief, tolerance and inter-faith harmony.

At a time of rising Islamophobia and populism, the international community must exhibit a common resolve to fight xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence based on religion or belief and work together to strengthen peaceful co-existence, he stressed.

The FO spokesperson further said that Pakistan and the EU had multiple mechanisms in place to discuss entire spectrum of bilateral relations, including a dedicated Dialogue on Democracy, Rule of Law, Governance and Human Rights.

“We would continue to remain positively engaged with the EU on all issues of mutual interest,” he maintained.