ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami Friday organized a protest rally against publishing of blasphemous sketches by a French magazine and demanded of the United Nations (UN) to act against such activities.
The rally, comprising over 5,000 participants and led by Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Siraj ul Haq, marched here from Faizabad to Zero Point to condemn the publishing of blasphemous sketches.
The participants including members of civil society, faithful, JI leaders, representatives of Islamabad Traders Welfare Association and minority groups were carrying placards and banners and chanting slogans to express their love, devotion and spiritual attachment with the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
Addressing the participants, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique stressed on all political parties to prepare a draft in Parliament, so that the issue of blasphemous sketches could be raised at the UN through the OIC platform.
He said some elements in European countries have hurt the sentiments of Muslims in an attempt to spread unrest in their states.
Muslim countries including Pakistan are already facing the menace of terrorism.
United Nations should introduce legislation against blasphemy of any Prophet, Saad added.
He termed publishing of blasphemous sketches by a French magazine as journalistic terrorism.
Addressing the gathering, Siraj ul Haq said the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is a blessing for the whole world, Who preached peace and brotherhood.
He said some International powers wanted to sabotage peace in the Muslim world and were promoting insurgencies for their petty gains.
He said blasphemous acts by European countries could lead to the third world war, and added these acts have united the Muslim world.
Siraj ul Haq demanded the United Nations to ban blasphemy of prophets and Holy books for ensuring peace across the world.
He appealed to all political parties and people to participate in rallies to be held in Lahore and Karachi on January 25.