Pakistanis start hashtag to boycott Swedish brands after Quran burning
The president of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan party (IPP) calls on the nation to boycott Volvo, IKEA, Spotify, Electrolux, Ericsson, Essity, Assa Abloy, and Skanska.
Following The Holy Quran burning incident in Sweden, the president of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan party (IPP), Abdul Aleem Khan’s social media team started a hashtag to boycott Swedish brands on Twitter.
He stated that products made under the following Swedish brands, Volvo, IKEA, Spotify, Electrolux, Ericsson, Essity, Assa Abloy, and Skanska should be boycotted through the hashtag #BoycottSwedishBrands which has already gained popularity with top trends on Twitter.
“The desecration of the Holy Quran on Eid day with the permission of the Swedish government is extremely heartbreaking, reprehensible, and shameful. Hurting sentiments of more than 2 billion Muslims under the guise of freedom of expression reflects the sick thinking of Western leaders. The purpose of such events is to create outrage among Muslims," he tweeted.
"The West should know that insulting other religions and holy persons can never be called freedom of expression. The government of Pakistan and other Muslim governments should not only protest against this heinous act at every international forum but also take effective measures to prevent such incidents," he added.
صدر استحکامِ پاکستان پارٹی عبدالعلیم خان نے سویڈن میں قرآن پاک کی بے حرمتی کی شدید مذمت کی ہے، واقع کو انتہائی دلخراش اور شرمناک قرار دیا ہے، اظہار رائے کی آزادی کی آڑ میں دو ارب سے زائد مسلمانوں کے احساسات مجروح کیے گئے، اقدام مغربی رہنماؤں کی بیمار سوچ کا عکاس ہے، واقع کا مقصد… pic.twitter.com/1fWJcMmtUu— Team Aleem Khan (@teamaleemkhan) July 1, 2023
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif already expressed his disgust with Sweden's actions on Twitter: “Such vile, despicable, and heinous Islamophobic acts brazenly violate international law. I have no words to adequately condemn this anti-Islam act, which is clearly meant to hurt the feelings of Muslims around the world."
"The Holy Quran is a Divine Book of love, peace, and wisdom for the entire humanity and the deviant character who indulged in this condemnable act has, in fact, insulted the shared values of humanity," he continued.
Disgusted and appalled by the incident of public burning of the Holy Quran in front of a mosque in Sweden. Such vile, despicable and heinous Islamophobic acts brazenly violate international law. I have no words to adequately condemn this anti-Islam act, which is clearly meant to…— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) June 29, 2023
According to Fars News Agency, the Iranian foreign ministry does not intend to send its new envoy to Stockholm although administrative procedures for a new ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Sweden have been completed.
On Wednesday, a man named Salwan Momika, 37, burned a copy of the Muslim Holy book outside the Stockholm Central Mosque. He was granted a permit from Swedish authorities prior to carrying out his act.
Two weeks earlier, a Swedish appeals court rejected the police's decision to deny permits for those who wanted to wage protests involving the burning of the Quran.
Momika's desecration of the Quran was made to coincide with the Muslim festivity of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and is celebrated by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.