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November 26, 2019

Lawyers boycott courts to protest against Norway incident

Karachi

November 26, 2019

Lawyers boycotted courts in Karachi on Monday in protest against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Norway and condemned the arrest of the “Muslim hero” who tried to stop it.

Speaking at a general body meeting of the legal fraternity, Karachi Bar Assoication president Naeem Qureshi said Islamophobia threatened the well-being of the Muslims across the world and it must stop.

It happened in the Norwegian city of Kristiansand on November 16 when a right-wing group “Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAP)” held a demonstration to stage the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran.

A scuffle broke out as a young man of Arab descent, Qusai Rashed, intervened and tried to stop SIAN leader Lars Thorsen from the act, after which police intervened and took both of them in custody.

The incident has sparked outcry in the Muslim world with condemnations from the governments of Pakistan and Turkey. Social media has praised Rashed as a Muslim hero. Qureshi said that the lawyers would stage a protest demonstration on November 28 and demand that the Western world should stop acts which hurt the sentiments of billions of Muslims.

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