As it was being speculated that the United Kingdom might bar Pakistani politician Ghulam Ahmad Bilour from entering the country for his announcement of $100,000 bounty for the anti-Islam US filmmaker, the decision was taken today at a high-level meeting in the UK. It was decided that both, the anti-Islam filmmaker and the Pakistan Railway minister, should be barred from entering the country, as it is not good for the public.
The decision was hailed by mainstream political parties and political leaders of the UK.
It is being expected that the United States will also bar entry of the Pakistani politician into the country for announcement.
It may be pertinent to mention here that a couple of weeks back the whole Muslim world was gripped by violent protests and rage against the United States for a blasphemous film, “Innocence of Muslims”, made by a US citizen. As Prophet Muhammad is featured in the film in a mocking way, it stirred religious sentiments of Muslims across the globe. It is not for the first time that the blasphemy has been committed. It has been a matter of routine in the US and Western countries. While the condemnation on the sacrilegious movie was pouring in from the international community, a French magazine published a series of blasphemous cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad.
The magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was already barred by the government from publishing any sacrilegious material, but the warning was ignored. The act invited wrath and condemnation of Muslims across the globe. Even French President Francois Hollande condemned the blasphemous caricatures published in the magazine. The illustrations in the magazine depicted Prophet Muhammad naked and in pornographic poses. For all religions of the world, it is unacceptable and I believe terrorists and militants may be behind such moves. Following the publication of the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, France closed its embassies in almost 20 countries for three days to avoid wrath of incensed protesters.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a French interview that there were no specific threats to the country’s embassies in Muslim world but even then the consulates and cultural centers would be kept close to avoid any untoward incident. In November last year, the same magazine published blasphemous cartoons and subsequently its office was gutted by a firebomb. It is shameful that the magazine followed the suit of the blasphemous film while the whole world was condemning it for the despicable content.
During the recent session of the United Nations General Assembly, a number of leaders from the Muslim countries called on UN Secretary General to legislate on the issue. Let’s see what comes up in the next couple of weeks and months.