RCCI condemns publication of blasphemous cartoons

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RAWALPINDI, OCT 27 (DNA) – The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), by a French satirical weekly.

RCCI President Mohammad Nasir Mirza in a statement said that such incidents in Europe including republication of blasphemous sketches by Charlie Hebdo have stirred anger in the Islamic world.

He said that in any civilized society, it is unthinkable to insult the honor of the prophets. The business community will never tolerate insults to the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) under the guise of freedom of expression.

He demanded the government of Pakistan to take the strong stance in this regard at the governmental level.

Group leader Sohail Altaf said that the publication of blasphemous sketches has hurt the feelings of billions of Muslims around the world. The business community strongly condemns the reprinting of the sketches in a French magazine and calls for a UN and OIC meeting on this important issue.