Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a series of tweets, has said that the government of Pakistan took against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) under anti-terrorism laws after they “challenged the writ of the state” and urged the Western countries to take action against those involved in “religious extremism and violence”.
In a tweet on the government action against the TLP on Saturday, the prime minister said: “Let me make clear to people here and abroad: Our govt only took action against TLP under our anti-terrorist law when they challenged the writ of the state and used street violence and attacking the public and law enforcers. No one can be above the law and the Constitution.”
Prime Minister Imran warned the “extremists who indulge in Islamophobia and racism” that the Muslims cannot tolerate any disrespect and abuse as they love the Prophet (PBUH). He tweeted: “My message to extremists abroad who indulge in Islamophobia and racist slurs to hurt and cause pain to 1.3 billion Muslims across the globe: We Muslims have the greatest love and respect for our Prophet PBUH who lives in our hearts. We cannot tolerate any such disrespect and abuse.”
He asked the “extremists, including politicians, to apologise to Muslims for hurting their sentiments. The prime minister said “those in the West, including extreme right politicians, who deliberately indulge in such abuse and hate under guise of freedom of speech clearly lack moral sense and courage to apologise to the 1.3 billion Muslims for causing this hurt. Wed demand an apology from these extremists.
He also urged the governments to penalise desecration of Islam as they outlawed negative comments on holocaust. “I also call on Western govts who have outlawed any negative comment on the holocaust to use the same standards and penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by abusing our Prophet PBUH.”