PESHAWAR - Members of Christian community strongly denounced the French Magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), terming the act misuse of freedom of expression.

The community expressed their anger over the publication of blasphemous caricatures during a joint press conference organised by Diocese of Pakistan, Church of Peshawar, Christian community from KP and Fata, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf minorities wing at press club here on Sunday. Besides, members of the community, Bishop of Peshawar Humphrey Sarfaz Peter, Pastors Shahzad, Patrick, John William, Rashid, Altaf and others were also present on the occasion.

The community slammed the latest publication of an insulting caricature as a total disregard to the feelings of Muslims around the world, stressing that such move is intended to outrage Muslims. They added that such insulting drawings harm the relations among followers of the three monotheistic religions by fuelling feelings of anger, hatred and resentment. Members of the community said that the publication of blasphemous cartoons, printing of controversial materials, periodical, distribution of hate or provocation materials are a new trend of promotion terrorism in the world. They asked the Government of French and satirical French Magazine Charlie Hebdo to respect human and Muslim sentiments and abstain from creating provocation among people by spreading such hate publications and materials.  They denounced the growing wave of Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims across the Western countries.  “We give full respect to all religions and humanity and want to promote brotherhood, tranquillity, consensus and peace in the county,” they viewed.

 They urged the French government to amend its laws regarding freedom of speech and expression to keep respect of human values and sentiment.