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Pakistan PM Imran Khan urges the Muslim world to unite and use trade boycotts to force the West to pass blasphemy laws to protect the Prophet

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Imran Khan has claimed his plan for Muslim-majority countries to force Western governments to criminalise insulting the Prophet Mohammed will work
He said Monday that lobbying Western nations, the EU and UN to adopt blasphemy laws with a warning of a trade boycott will be 'effective'
Britain's former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said that trying to force Western countries to bring in such a ban would be 'foolish'
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has boasted that his plan for Muslim-majority countries to unite and force Western governments to criminalise insulting the Prophet Mohammed will work.

The 68-year-old leader said lobbying Western nations, the EU and UN to adopt blasphemy laws with a warning of a trade boycott if they do not do so will be 'effective' in achieving their goal.

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He said leaders of Muslim-majority countries should call on the West to 'stop hurting the feelings' of Muslims across the world with their current freedom of speech laws, reports Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

Khan said insulting Islam's Prophet should be treated in the same way as questioning the Holocaust, which is a crime in some European countries.


Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has boasted that his plan for Muslim-majority countries to unite and force Western governments to criminalise insulting the Prophet Mohammed will work (file photo)

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He is right in some way, but the way he words it doesn’t seem right. I admit yes, if anti-semitism is banned then so should islamaphobia and any other type of hate against any group or religion, if they want to preach “freedom of speech” then allow everything, including anti semitism, no one religion or group should be given immunity, make it equal for all, or stop preaching free speech.
 

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Even if all Muslim majority countries sign up for this, I do not believe that the major western countries will toe this line. :-)
 

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No, they will not. If Muslim countries want to ban it, that's one thing, but why force the West to do it?
They will if the major Gulf countries throw their weight behind this motion
It was not long ago that the OIC was pushing for laws against Islamophobia. A special ambassador was appointed, who made the rounds in Western capitals to drum up support for a resolution against blasphemy. It didn't go anywhere and the issue faded.

But that was a time that the West seemed amenable to such a resolution since it would fit into their s support for multi-culturalism. No more. The West has gone rightward since then. You have ISIS, the refugee crisis, and various terrorist attacks including Paris. You can add to this the banning of niqab in some European countries.

The Muslim world can try to force the issue but it will be a hard sell and expect a serious pushback.
 

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Even if all Muslim majority countries sign up for this, I do not believe that the major western countries will toe this line. :-)
The Muslim population is now almost 2 BILLION across the world

That's about a quarter of all humanity

If you instigate that population and it reacts then it's a big force for change and pressure
 

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Why is he working so hard to enforce blasphemy laws in the west? Who gives a crap what they say. They can do whatever they want. Why should we care?
 

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The Muslim population is now almost 2 BILLION across the world

That's about a quarter of all humanity

If you instigate that population and it reacts then it's a big force for change and pressure
They will if the major Gulf countries throw their weight behind this motion
I don't mean to make light of the collective bargaining power of Islamic countries. But consider that there are some political policies that voting population will not decide based on rational cost vs benefit merits.

This idea crosses the personal liberty of an individual. In most western democracies, the left leaning voters (who do not subscribe to Islamic faith) will not be ready to support this motion. Naturally, you cannot expect centrist or right leaning voters to go for it as well. In fact, if any left party publicly decides to support this, then they will most likely loose the election in today's political environment. I believe this to be true even for Canada despite this country being home to a truly liberal population.

Btw, do you guys believe that if all western countries band together and demand that Islamic countries should become secular - it will happen?
 
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A valiant effort but best if he says his piece and leaves the issue.

Better for now to focus on the economy. When the ground realities change through economics, people will come around to taking our concerns more seriously, and even then the west won’t give up fully on blasphemy. It’s part of the culture that reinforces secularism and prioritizing capitalism.
 

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