VIDEO: Pakistanis praise youth who jumped in to stop the desecration of Holy Quran in Norway
24 Nov 2019
A video grab shows the youth trying to stop a man from burning the Holy Quran in Kristiansand, Norway.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Norway’s ambassador to convey the deep concern of the government and Pakistani people over the recent burning of Islam’s holy book by a Norwegian man that was caught on video.
In Saturday’s statement, the ministry said: "Such actions hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world.”
Major General Asif Ghafoor of the Pakistan Armed Forces said on Twitter, “Salute to brave #Ilyas for displaying courage to stop an absolutely deplorable action. Such Islamophobia based provocations only promote hatred & extremism. All religions are and must stay respectable. Islamophbia is threat to global peace and harmony. #TheGloriousQuran #Norway...”
The statement demanded action against the person in the city of Kristiansand who desecrated the Quran at an anti-Islam rally last week. Pakistan’s reaction comes after video surfaced on social media showing a non-Muslim man burning the book.
In the video, a Muslim youth is seen jumping over a fence and kicking the person burning the Quran. The incident drew nationwide condemnation, with many Pakistanis praising the youth as a hero for defending the Quran.