Pak Sunni group calls for death to American pastor

The Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat wants Pakistan to expel the US ambassador by April 7.

Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 17:46 PM IST

Lahore: A prominent group in Pakistan, the Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat, has called for "death" to US pastor Terry Jones for his act of burning a copy of the Quran and threatened its members will march to the Pakistani capital if the US ambassador is not expelled by April 07.

Sunnat leader Allama Riaz Husain said his organisation was giving "an ultimatum to the federal government that it should banish the US envoy by April 07 or be ready for a long march from Karachi to Islamabad".

Husain said a Shariah or Islamic court comprising 500 clerics associated with the Sunni sect had declared Jones an "international terrorist" for desecrating the Quran and for damaging world peace.

This court had announced capital punishment for Jones, he said.

"We will hold demonstrations outside US embassies in 45 countries for Washington`s failure to take action against Jones," he said.

Prominent Sunni leader Sahibzada Fazle Karim, who is the chairman of the Sunni Ittehad Council, demanded the convening of a session of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to announce the establishment of an "Islamic United Nations" to protest the desecration of the Quran.

He suggested that Muslim countries should quit the UN if it does not act against Jones.

All hardline groups, especially the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jamaat-e-Islami, are at the forefront of protests across the country against Jones` "intolerable" act.