Quran burning in Sweden “hateful and despicable”, Taliban says

The Taliban’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the burning of the Quran in Sweden, denouncing it as a “hateful and despicable” act against the noble religion of Islam.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the ministry’s spokesperson expressed strong condemnation in a tweet on Thursday, criticizing the Swedish authorities for granting permission to such actions.

In his tweet, Balkhi wrote: “IEA condemns in the strongest terms burning of a copy of the Holy Quran by a liberal extremist, and the permission and protection for such by the Swedish authorities under the pretext of freedom of expression.”

Balkhi regarded the authorization of this conduct by the Swedish authorities an insult to Islam and its followers, writing, “Permission for such despicable acts in front of a mosque on one of the holiest days of Islam shows nothing more than the utter contempt toward this noble religion and its close to two billion adherents by the Swedish authorities.”

The Taliban Spokesperson further called upon all Muslim countries and organizations, particularly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to take appropriate measures in response to such acts occurring globally.

According to reports, two people set fire to a Quran in front of a mosque in Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish media have confirmed that the court of the country granted permission for this act.

This is not the first incident of its kind in Sweden, as there have been previous instances where the Quran was set on fire by people.

Last year, a right-wing extremist group led by Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. The UNAMA condemned the act, emphasizing that such actions dishonor and insult the followers of Islam.