Skip to comments.Clinton urges EU to convict publishers of caricatures
Posted on 02/17/2006 3:18:19 PM PST by voletti
ISLAMABAD: Former US president Bill Clinton on Friday condemned the publication of Prophet Muhammads (PBUH) caricatures by European newspapers and urged countries concerned to convict the publishers.
Talking to reporters after meeting Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad, Clinton said he disagreed with the caricatures and that the publication was against religious and ethical norms. Clinton said he had no objection to peaceful demonstrations being held worldwide, but this was not the time for violence. He said it was the time to promote inter-faith harmony and stand together on the issue.
He said the peoples religious convictions should be respected at all costs and the media should be disallowed to play with the religious sentiments of other faiths. He said the media could criticise any issue including governments and people, but nobody had the right to play with the sentiments of other faiths.
Clinton said people in the US had also condemned the publication and were deeply concerned over it. He said they respected Islam, as it was the fastest growing religion in the US. Clinton also called on President Pervez Musharraf and both men discussed the India-Pakistan peace process and Afghanistans peace and stabilisation process.
Musharraf underlined the centrality of the Kashmir issue in the Indo-Pak peace process and the importance of moving towards the conflict resolution stage. Clinton praised Musharrafs efforts to promote peace and stability in the region. Musharraf thanked Clinton for the support extended to the Pakistani government by the Clinton Foundation for the HIV/AIDS programme. He also expressed the gratitude of Pakistanis to the relief and reconstruction assistance provided for the earthquake victims by the US.
Earlier, Aziz told Clinton that Pakistan was working towards peace and stability in the region through a strong economy, effective diplomacy, credible defence and promotion of inter-faith harmony. He said Pakistan was also making efforts to ensure peace in the region by settling disputes in an amicable way. He said Islam was a religion of peace and Muslims had been hurt by the publication of the caricatures, which reflected the ignorance and insensitivity of the western media. Clinton praised the role played by Musharraf and Aziz in achieving a high degree economic growth and wide-ranging structural reforms besides pursuing peace in the region and across the globe.
Convict them of what? Freedom?
Rhetoric from a man who wants Kofi's job.
Clintoon's been shooting his mouth off abroad, just like Al Gore. Whoring away for $$ or publicity and willing to say anything and everything however bad that may make America look or imperil our freedoms and values. Then there's Sandy berger, another clintoon admin crony who tries to steal sensitive documents, not to mention janet reno and then there's hitlery herself....
Shame on the clintoon admin and all its beneficiaries.
What we can look forwward to if Hillary gets in office. We think the press is afraid to publish anything negative about the Clinton's now, just wait...
Tell me if this guy isn't pimping for Sec General.
"He said the peoples religious convictions should be respected.."
Devil worshiping Islam should be respected? I think not...
what p.o.s this guy is
I don't recall Clinton wanting to convict Andres Serrano or the Blessed Mother with the dung artist when he was president.
This from a man who has no moral's at all and the idiots lap it up!
Put some ice on it, Bubba.
Was Clinton president when the feds funded Serrano's "Piss Christ" or the Virgin Mary dung display?
oh, how i wish a reporter would stick a microphone in Hillary's face and ask her if she agrees with her husband that newspaper publishers should go to jail for printing these cartoons.
Our punk anti Christ has spoken
Not to be believed.
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