The Foreign Office on Saturday summoned the ambassador of Norway to convey the”deep concern” of the Authorities and people of Pakistan Within an Episode of desecration of the Holy Quran in the Norwegian city of Kristiansand.
During the assembly, Pakistan’s condemnation of this activity was reiterated, ” a statement issued from the FO said.”
It was underscored that such activities hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world, such as those in Pakistan,” the press release stated, adding that such activities couldn’t be justified in the name of”freedom of expression”.
An anti-Islam rally in Kristiansand had turned violent last week following its leader tried to set fire to a copy of the Quran despite warnings from police officers.
Videos which surfaced on social media revealed a Muslim childhood jumping over a fence and kicking the individual burning the holy book. The incident attracted nationally condemnation, with many Pakistanis praising the childhood for a hero for protecting the Quran.
According to the statement, the FO urged the Norwegian authorities to bring those responsible for the action to justice and to”stop the recurrence of any such episode in the future”.
The ambassador of Pakistan in Oslo has also been instructed to communicate Pakistan’s demonstration and deep concern over the event to the Norwegian government, the FO added.