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Imran Seeks UN Role to Stem Blasphemy

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ISLAMABAD, Aug. 17, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on Aug. 17, 2018 shows Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) addressing the lawmakers in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (justice movement party) has been elected as the new prime minister of the country on Friday evening in a polling held by the National Assembly, or lower house of the parliament. (Xinhua/PID/IANS) by .
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The new Pakistan prime minister in his first speech at the Senate says Muslim countries failed to tackle blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 17, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on Aug. 17, 2018 shows Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) addressing the lawmakers in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (justice movement party) has been elected as the new prime minister of the country on Friday evening in a polling held by the National Assembly, or lower house of the parliament. (Xinhua/PID/IANS) by .
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the absence of an international policy against the generation of blasphemous content is a “collective failure” on part of the Muslim countries.

Addressing the Senate for the first time as Prime Minister, Khan on Monday said his government will raise the matter before the UN, adding: “However, I do not think that would do much,” Dawn news reported.

The Senate had passed a resolution to bring the UN’s attention to the matter regarding the announcement by the leader of Dutch Freedom Party and Parliamentarian Geert Wilders to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office last week had called the charge d’affaires of the Netherlands to record a protest against the announcement by Wilders.

“Our government will raise the matter in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and ask the Muslim countries to come up with a collective policy that could then be brought up at international forums,” the Prime Minister said.

“This should have been done years ago,” he said while giving the example of the Holocaust and how four European countries have jail sentences for “anyone who misquotes the figures of Holocaust. That is because they realise that this is something that hurts the sentiments of the Jewish community”.

“We need a similar policy for this matter so that people do not repeatedly hurt our sentiments.”