Criticizing the weak response of the government over anti-Islam film, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that the government hasn’t taken up the issue of the blasphemous movie with the US government.
While speaking to the media he observed, “The scurrilous film that defames the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has angered the entire Muslims across the world and it is incumbent upon the American government to proceed against these people spreading hate”.
He was of the opinion that hate crimes are punishable offense in the United States but why not similar applied in case of anti-Islam videos.
In his view, the Obama administration couldn’t hide behind the freedom of expression excuse as this movie is itself a violent and hateful crime against Islam.
Explaining the reasons of these lames expressions by the US government, he said the Muslim leaders showed weak and tepid response against the movie which is not reflective of the sentiments of their nations.
He noted, “President Zardari should immediately raise this issue with the American government and ensure that this hate crime is not papered over by excuses that are not tenable even under US laws”.
The cricketer-turned-politician said that it is right time for Muslim world to become united to ensure that acts designed to defame Islam and its message of peace are not permitted to go unheeded.
Khan said that this couldn’t be happened until the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) takes a common and resolute stand that the Muslim Ummah would not tolerate defamation against Islam or the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
He further said, “It also needs to be stated from that common platform that all such acts are hate crimes and it is incumbents upon governments to take legal action wherever they take place. The Western governments will continue to hide behind fake freedom of expression excused if this concerted action is missing”.
Replying to a query, the former captain denied that Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has made contact to his party over the interim setup.
In the meantime, he ruled out any electoral alliance to any party sitting in the present assemblies, linking free and fair elections to proper caretaker government.
In reply to another query, he reiterated that he would visit Waziristan along with thousands of people and international media on October 07.