UN will arrange urgent summit on Sweden Quran-burning incident
Nadia Farooq

According to Al Jazeera, Pakistan has asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to arrange an emergency meeting on the topic of the burning of a Quran outside of a mosque in Sweden. The meeting will take place as soon as possible.

During a press conference on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Council in Geneva said that the discussion about the increase of religious intolerance would most likely take place later on in the week.


A man desecrated the Quran, according to a report by the Associated Press, during a demonstration that was approved by the police and took place last week in front of the major mosque in Stockholm, the Swedish capital. The incident took place as the guy was participating in the protest.

After an international Islamic organisation called for steps to prevent future destruction of the Muslim holy book, the Swedish government denounced the crime as “Islamophobic.” In addition, the Swedish government demanded that the perpetrator be brought to justice.

Officials from a wide variety of countries, including a significant number of nations located in the Middle East, have also responded to the event by calling on Stockholm to increase its efforts to combat religious hatred.

In addition to issuing a statement of protest, Morocco summoned back for an extended amount of time its ambassador to the country of Sweden.

According to official media, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Sweden’s chargé d’affaires in Rabat and voiced its “strong condemnation of this attack and its rejection of this unacceptable act.”

Protesters invaded the Swedish embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, shortly after the event occurred, yelling “Yes, yes to the Quran.”

In the meanwhile, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the following statement: “We will teach the arrogant Western people that it is not freedom of expression to insult the sacred values of Muslims.”

The Turkish capital of Ankara is presently delaying the approval of Sweden’s membership application to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) due to allegations that Sweden provides a safe haven for individuals who Turkey deems to be “terrorists.”



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