Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine, said Foreign Office.
A press release by Pakistan Foreign Office said, "Echoing the sentiments of the people of Pakistan, the President and the Prime Minister have strongly condemned the publication, which has caused great offence to Muslims by hurting their sentiments and religious sensibilities all over the world." "We believe that freedom of expression should not be misused as means to attack or hurt public sentiments or religious beliefs," it added.
Pakistan Foreign Office considered it is an attempt to divide peoples and civilizations adding, "There is a need to promote harmony among peoples and communities instead of reinforcing stereotypes and making people alienated in their own countries." The Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs has written a letter to the OIC Secretary General recommending legal action to seek an apology from the French magazine and joint action by the Muslim world to get criminalization of all acts of Islamophobia, said Foreign Office.
Earlier, the National Assembly and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have passed resolutions condemning the blasphemous publication, which has hurt the core belief of all Muslims.