President Asif Ali Zardari urges UN to ban hate speech

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 10:36:00 by

President Asif Ali Zardari has urged the United Nations to immediately take notice of the anti-Islam film, asking it to ban hate speech.

At the outset of his speech at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, he beseeched the international community, particularly the Muslim World, to not become silent observers in such conflicting issues.

President Zardari observed, “Before I take up my speech, I want to express the strongest condemnation for the acts of incitement of hate against the faith of billions of Muslims of the world and our beloved Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).”

He categorically condemned the anti-Islam film that has sparked angry protests across the Muslim world.

Asking the international community to not become silent spectators, he said they should criminalize such acts that destroy the peace of the world and endanger world security by misusing freedom of expression.

He insisted, “Pakistan moves the United Nations to immediately address in earnest this alarming concern and the widening rift to enable the comity of nations to be one again. I am not here to answer questions about Pakistan. I am here to ask some questions on behalf of my people.”

Commenting on the war on terror, he said that his country had suffered enough in its fight against extremist and should not be asked to do more.

He noted, “To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility: Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living. Do not ask of my people what no one has ever asked of any other peoples.”

The president further said that Pakistan had lost over 7,000 soldiers and policemen, and over 37,000 civilians in the war on terror.

In his view, the country has long been seen as a safe haven for innumerable armed groups, whether Taliban fighting along the Afghan border, domestic extremists or Kashmiri Muslims bent on capturing Indian-held Kashmir.

President Zardari was of o the opinion that past dictators and their regimes were responsible for suffocating and throttling the country, country’s institutions and its democratic system.

The President reiterated Pakistan seeks trade rather than aid and the European Union has sent a positive message by granting concessions to the country.

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2 Comments for “President Asif Ali Zardari urges UN to ban hate speech”

  1. Tariq

    He is a biggest lier of the world whatever he states is contrary to his inner stand.Why he doesnt urge US to stop killings of innocent pashtoons by illegal attacks by spy plane drones.

  2. Mustafa Jamali

    In his speech to UN General Assembly President Zardari presented an image of Pakistan as a global leader – one that seeks to bridge the cultural and political divides that agents provocateurs are actively trying to widen. Most importantly, he represented Pakistan on the world stage by directly answering misleading information and offering an authentic message from the Pakistani people. President Zardari began his speech by getting straight to the heart of recent events and expressing the strongest condemnation of acts of incitement of hate against the faith of billions of Muslims of the world and our beloved prophet, Mohammad (PBUH). Actually, President Zardari had already conveyed Pakistan’s concerns over the anti-Islam film that sparked protests around the world. But it was before the gathering of world leaders that the president made a difference. After registering Pakistan’s official protest and condemnation of the offensive act, President Zardari did not take a confrontational tone, but a tone of reconciliation.

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