Pakistan condemned as "offensive and blasphemous" the publication of a caricature of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by Nerikes Allehanda newspaper based in the city of Orebro, Sweden.
"Regrettably, the tendency among some Europeans to mix the freedom of expression with an outright and deliberate insult to 1.3 billion Muslims in the world is on the rise," said Foreign Office in a statement.
The Swedish Charge D'affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office by Additional Secretary (Europe) and a strong protest lodged with him, it said.
"The Swedish diplomat was told that the publication of the cartoon had caused grave affront to the religious sentiments of Muslims. "He was further told that the Government of Pakistan expected greater sensitivity on the part of the Swedish government on this issue," said the statement.
The Swedish envoy explained that the Swedish government fully shared the views of the Muslim community and termed the publication as "unfortunate," it added.
Pakistan will also hold consultations with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to determine the future course of action against the repetition of such provocative publications.
The Government of Pakistan will continue to work, with like-mined countries, in the UN to find ways of addressing the recurring issue of defamation of Islam and its sacred personalities, the statement said.
In the past caricatures of this nature have been published in Europe under the pretext of 'freedom of expression." "Such acts deeply undermine the efforts to promote respect and understanding and dialogue among religions and civilizations, the statement added.
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