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No armed pressure group was being allowed to challenge the writ of the state, Shah Mahmood

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told European Union lawmakers on Wednesday that no armed pressure group was being allowed to challenge the writ of the state or dictate government policies.

Addressing the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) virtually, the foreign minister stated that the federal government had dealt firmly with radical groups after the recent protests.

Qureshi went on to express disappointment at the adoption of a resolution by the European Parliament on blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

The foreign minister stated that the resolution, “Reflected a lack of understanding of blasphemy laws and associated religious sensitivities in Pakistan and in the wider Muslim world.”

He further stressed that: “We need to appreciate the religious sentiments attached to the personality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and other religious symbols.”

The foreign minister said that Pakistan believed in the policy of restraint and peaceful coexistence and was well poised to assume an even greater role as a responsible and responsive member in the comity of nations.

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