ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the governments of Western countries to penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by disrespecting Prophet Muhammad in the same way that they had outlawed any negative comment against the Holocaust.
Speaking after a week of violent protests in Pakistan by a radical party outraged by French government support for magazines publishing cartoons of the Prophet, Khan said in a series of tweets that insulting the Prophet hurt Muslims around the world. “We can’t tolerate any disrespect & abuse,” he said. “I also call on Western governments who have outlawed any negative comment on the Holocaust to use the same standards to penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by abusing our Prophet.”
The group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan was banned on Thursday by the Pakistan government. Several European countries and Israel have laws against Holocaust denial.