Kabul: The Afghan Taliban led by the elusive one-eyed Mullah Omar today condemned the publication in France of more anti-Islam cartoons and warned that blasphemy of the Prophet will not be tolerated.
The statement posted on the website of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan lauded last week's jihadi attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris in which 12 people were killed.
A statement from Afghan Taliban said, we “strongly condemn this repugnant and inhumane action and consider its perpetrators, those who allowed it and its supporters the enemies of humanity”.
The statement said world leaders should prevent such cartoons from being released.
They said publication must be stopped to prevent “further harming world peace”, adding that to do otherwise would mean “the beliefs and sentiments of over a billion people is desecrated and the world is pushed further into the fire of hatred and war”.
Charlie Hebdo had announced that it will defiantly feature more caricatures targeting Islam.
The Afghan Taliban says: "A few years ago several immoral individuals in France published cartoons of the beloved Prophet of Islam and termed it as freedom of speech, aggravating the sensitivities of the Muslims worldwide while also lifting the veil from the western heretical culture."
"An attack was carried out last week, bringing the perpetrators of the obscene act to justice however blasphemous notions against the great Prophet of Islam were again published from the same address today, once again opening the door to provoking the sensitivities of nearly one and a half billion Muslims."
"....Profanity against religions and religious sanctities is an unforgivable crime which is loathed and hated by the entire humanity. We sincerity believe that such immoral actions can never harm the great honorable character of the Prophet of Islam and his status as the saviour of mankind rather it only exposes the true faces of the enemies of humanity."
"We call on the world especially heads of all concerned states to prevent such abhorrent actions from further harming world peace, the beliefs and sacrosanctity of over a billion people is desecrated and the world is pushed further into the fire of hatred and war."
"...If the Muslims keep silent in face of such incidents due to some impediments or take a neutral stance between Kufr (disbelief) and Islam or side with Kufr instead of Islam and search for excuses for this disgusting action of the Kuffar (unbelievers) then they should fear for their Emaan (faith)."
"The prophet of Allah is not only the leader of the Muslims rather he is a guide for the whole humanity, a founder of human edification, a partition line between ignorance and enlightenment and a architect of ethical, intellectual and civil progress. The smallest of blasphemy against him is not only treachery against his noble essence rather it is looking down upon humanity and civilizations therefore all who believe in humanity must renounce and stand against such repugnant lowlife deeds", the Afghan Taliban statement said.