LAHORE – PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday directed party leaders, parliamentarians, office-bearers and workers to take part in peaceful protests on Friday (today) to express their devotion and affection for the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), who was a harbinger of peace and humanism.

“We should give a strong message to the world that we feel pride in being the true followers of the sacred personality of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him),” he observed while chairing a high level party meeting here on Thursday.

Nawaz said the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) had exhorted his followers to accept all prophets and their sacred messages, given to them by the Allah Almighty, besides ensuring their respect and dignity, and today Muslims all over the world were sincerely following these directives.

He viewed that by following the golden Islamic principles and teachings, given to us by the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), “we could nourish an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood throughout the world.”

The PML-N president said it was incumbent on all Muslims to evolve a collective strategy for thwarting such elements who indulge in hurting the sentiments of followers of other religion; and promote hatred, prejudice, chaos and anarchy under the garb of freedom of expression.

Nawaz stressed that he vigorously condemned such a sacrilegious movie against the dignity of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). “Every Muslim should condemn the movie and participate in peaceful protests against it,” said the PML-N president, adding that the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was a torchbearer of peace; therefore, Muslims should also keep their protests peaceful in the light of Islamic teachings, desisting from extremism and vandalism.

In accordance with the decision taken at a high-level party meeting, Nawaz also announced to postpone his scheduled visit to the flood-affected areas of Sindh as a mark of respect to the Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool.

The new date of Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sindh, to express solidarity with the flood-affected people there, will be announced later. On the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also announced a public holiday on Friday (today) in the province as a mark of respect to the Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool. The chief minister also appealed to people to vigorously participate in peaceful protests to express their affection, devotion and respect for the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).