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An Official communiqué of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement :

Press release by the General Secretary of AAIIL

3rd October 2012

We members of Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore) in Pakistan and abroad strongly condemn an outrageous and disgusting act of movie maker Sam Bacile of USA. The Statue of Liberty of which the Americans are very proud of would be shedding tears of shame in silence. It is all the more a subtle malicious way of disgracing Holy Founder of Islam in a most disparaging and despicable manner. We strongly feel that West fully understands the limits of Freedom of Expression. Genuine criticism even based on misconception is tolerable. But most naked caricature of one of the Most Pious and great prophets of religious world cannot be justified in any way. We consider that such perverted acts are purposely planned to bring unrest and instability in Muslim circles and then show to the world that Muslims are basically terrorists and that Islam promotes hatred and barbaric acts. We believe that everybody should respect each others faith and their Holy Founders. Never and ever in the religious History of the world Muslims have depicted holy personages of any religion disparaging in any manner as it believes that a divine messenger was sent to all the peoples and nations. The teachings of Islam strongly upholds tolerance, peaceful co-existence, guarantee of safety and freedom for all religions and their followers irrespective of their colour or race. No one has the right to misrepresent and carve out a disgusting imaginary figure about the most sacred and honoured figure of religious history Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). USA who poses to be great upholder of democracy and Freedom is rightly expected to practise the norms of morality, decency and to put restraint on such shameful acts being perpetrated on its territory.

Amir Aziz,
General Secretary,
Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore

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