Norway bans burning and desecration of holy Quran

OSLO – Government of Norway has banned desecration of Holy Quran and warned that strict action would be taken if such incidents happened again. Authorities said in Norway everyone can avail freedom of speech but within the limits. Foreign news agency reported that Norway police have been asked to stop activities hurting religious sentiments of people.

Earlier, Pakistan lodged a protest with Norway over desecration of the Holy Quran in the Nor¬wegian city of  Kristiansand. Norwegian Ambassador Kjell-Gunnar Eriksen was summoned to the Foreign Office and conveyed “deep concern of the government and people of Pakistan” over the incident.

Pakistan urged the ambassador to bring those involved in desecration of the Holy Quran incident to justice and to prevent the recurrence of any such incident in the future.

Lars Thorsen, a leader of an anti-Islam group, set fire to a copy of the Quran the other day, while another leader of the far-right group Arne Tumyr desecrated two other copies of the holy book by throwing them into a trash bin during a demonstration organised by their organization.

Muslims across the world have been praising the Muslim man – now being called the ‘Defender of Quran’ – who attacked Lars Thorsen, the leader of the ‘Stop Islamisation of  Norway (SIAN)’, for burning a copy of the Holy Quran during an anti-Islam rally in Norway. The incident happened in the city of Kristiansand despite apparent warnings from local police officials when the anti-Islam group said it planned to do so.

Ambassador Eriksen, meanwhile, tweeted that Norwegian government “disapproves” the act of the Quran burning in the right-wing demonstration. He said that the police stopped the demonstration “for security reasons”.

He insisted that in Norway “everyone has the right to free speech and to practice their religion without being harassed”.

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