Pak envoy lodges official protest over Facebook images with US

The Facebook page was containing `sacrilegious material`.

Washington: Pakistani Ambassador in the US has conveyed sentiments of his countrymen to senior US officials over the blasphemous representation of the Prophet on a Facebook page.

The page containing sacrilegious material drew a strong reaction from Pakistan and was removed from the networking website on Saturday morning.

Talking to US Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani expressed the sentiments and strong feelings of the Pakistani government and people over the issue.

Holbrooke assured the Pakistani envoy that he understood the Pakistani and Muslim sentiments over the appearance of the images, which were offensive to all; the Daily Times quoted the Pakistani embassy spokesman, as saying.

The embassy also sent an official protest to the US Department of State over the blasphemous contest being held on Facebook, saying it had “immensely hurt and discomforted the people and the government of Pakistan”.

According to the spokesman, the embassy said the reckless act had enraged millions of Muslims in Pakistan and worldwide.


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