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Denmark passes law against desecration of Holy Quran

09:42 AM | 8 Dec, 2023
Denmark passes law against desecration of Holy Quran

Denmark’s parliament has passed a pioneering law that criminalises the public burning of religious texts, particularly addressing protests over Holy Quran desecration in Muslim nations.

The law, securing 94 votes in favor and facing opposition from 77 members in the 179-seat Folketing, specifically targets the disrespectful treatment of significant religious writings. It aims to prevent the public burning, tearing, or defilement of holy texts, including dissemination through videos.

Pending formal approval by Queen Margrethe later this month, the law imposes fines or up to two years in prison for offenders. It’s designed to counteract “systematic mockery” that has contributed to an increased terrorism threat in Denmark, especially after public protests involving Holy Quran burnings earlier this year.

Denmark recorded 483 incidents of book or flag burnings between July 21 and October 24, prompting the bill’s introduction in August. Amendments were made to balance freedom of expression with national security concerns.

Critics, like Inger Stojberg of the Denmark Democrats party, argue that religious criticism restrictions could undermine hard-earned liberal freedoms. The centrist coalition government assures minimal impact on free speech, highlighting that other forms of criticizing religion remain legal.

This action follows Denmark’s 2006 controversy when a newspaper published cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, sparking outrage in the Muslim world. Meanwhile, Sweden is exploring different approaches to address Quran desecration, contemplating the role of national security in police decisions during public protests.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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