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Quran’s desecration: More protests erupt in Afghanistan

Quran’s desecration: More protests erupt in Afghanistan

KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of residents on Thursday staged protests in Logar, Kunar and Uruzgan provinces against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the Netherlands and demanded severe punishment for the perpetrators.

In Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, the protestors chanted slogans against Sweden and the Netherlands and asked the United Nations to put pressure on the two countries to prosecute those responsible.

Abdullah Mustafa, one of the protestors in Pul-i-Alam, told Pajhwok Afghan News that two citizens of Sweden and the Netherlands had insulted Islam by desecrating the holy book.

He said they strongly condemn the burning and tearing pages of the Quran and asked Islamic countries to cut off ties with the two countries

Arsala Khan, another protester, told Pajhwok that insulting Islam’s sacred things was not acceptable to them and called for public trial of the perpetrators. He said no one should be allowed to repeat such a vile act.

In Asadabad, the capital of eastern Kunar province, thousands of people rallied against the desecration of the Holy Quran, asking Muslim countries to be united against those insulting Islam.

One of the participants and religious scholar Maulvi Syedullah Hanif said: “As Muslims, we strongly condemn the act of the hardliner Swedish politician who insulted our holy book. The perpetrators of this action should be severely punished.”

In a resolution, the protestors asked the international community, especially the government of Sweden, to make efforts for promoting interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence of followers of different religions in the world and to prevent actions that insulted sacred things of Muslims.

Separately, hundreds of people protested in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, and condemned the insult to the Holy Quran.

Hundreds of residents from nearby districts and Tirinkot participated in the demonstration that commenced shortly after 9am at Mullah Abdul Razaq intersection in Tirinkot city and peacefully dispersed at 12pm.

Maulvi Abdullah Rabbani, a religious scholar and participant of the rally, said their protest was aimed at showing the world that the Afghans were ready to defend their religion and book and render any sacrifice in this regard.

Speaking on behalf of government officials in the rally, Justice Department head Maulvi Akhtar Mohammad Saqib said those who desecrated the Holy Quran should be publicly tried.

He said infidel countries through such acts wanted to know how much Muslims were sensitive about their religion and religious values.

Similar protests have been held in Kandahar, Zabul, Nangarhar, Paktika, Khost and a number of other provinces to denounce the desecration of the Quran in Sweden and the Netherlands.

A few days ago, a right-wing politician burned a copy of the Holy Quran during an anti-Turkey rally in Sweden and then another politician in The Hague, the Netherlands, tore pages of the holy book.

Several Islamic countries, including Afghanistan, have strongly condemned the burning and desecration of the Quran. Kabul has asked the two countries to punish the perpetrators of the incidents.

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