FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi writes letter to OIC on issue of blasphemous content

On Tuesday, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that after passage of the resolution in Senate on blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Monday, he wrote letters to Secretary General Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) asking him to call meeting of the permanent representatives of OIC based in Jeddah.

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Speaking in the Senate here, he said if steps were not taken against blasphemy it would ignite religious extremism. The cabinet in the first meeting expressed its anger and grief on the issue of blasphemy and the Dutch ambassador was called to the Foreign Office to make him aware of the situation, he added.

Letters were also written to the six member countries of OIC, he told.

Shah Mehmood said he would raise the issue at OIC forum during the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly.

The minister said previously after incidents of blasphemy, OIC warned of blockade of goods of countries where blasphemy was being committed and that sent a message to those countries.

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