Russian President Vladimir Putin says insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) is a “violation of religious freedom”, according to Russian News Agency TASS.
Insults to the Prophet are a “violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam,” Putin said in his annual press conference on Thursday.
Putin also criticized the publication of blasphemous sketches of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in French magazine Charlie Hebdo last September, saying that such acts give rise to extremist reprisals.
“Praising artistic freedom in general has its limits and it shouldn’t infringe on other freedoms,” the Russian president said.
He said Russia has evolved as a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state, so Russians are used to respecting each other’s traditions.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a twitter post, welcomed Putin’s statement, saying, “Putin’s statement reaffirmed my stance that insulting our Holy Prophet (PBUH) is not…