Quran burning fanatical, threat to religious harmony: Pak

Pakistan condemned desecration of Quran by two US pastors saying that it was a "fanatical" act.

Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 22:30 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday again condemned
the desecration of the Quran by two pastors in the US, saying
that such a "fanatical" act was a serious threat to religious

Pakistan`s Ambassador to the US and its Permanent
Representative to the UN have written strong demarches to the
US government and the United Nations in which they highlighted
the views of Muslims on the issue, Foreign Office spokesperson
Tehmina Janjua told a weekly news briefing.

The country`s Ambassador in Geneva had taken up the
issue at the Human Rights Council and condemned the act on
behalf of Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Pakistan.

Such an act is "totally unacceptable" as it represents
a threat to peace and security and could disturb
inter-religious harmony, Janjua said.

Pakistan`s top leaders, including President Asif Ali
Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, have condemned
the desecration of the Quran.

Zardari said the act marked "a serious setback to
efforts at promoting harmony among civilised communities
throughout the world".

In response to a question, Janjua said Pakistan has
great concerns over regional stability in North Africa and the
Middle East.

Pakistan supports the reconciliation and dialogue
process initiated by the government in Bahrain as it wants
peace and security in the region, she said.

Explaining Pakistan`s position on Bahrain, Janjua said
the government of Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council had
decided to invite foreign security forces to maintain peace
and security.

It was an "internal decision of the GCC" and the
security of Pakistanis living in Bahrain was being discussed
with the government of that country, she said.

There are 65,000 Pakistanis living in Bahrain and
working in different fields. There have been several reports
of attacks on Pakistanis by protestors in Bahrain.

Answering another question, Janjua said Pakistan has
never tried to block negotiations on disarmament and nuclear

Pakistan intends to get an assurance on the security
of non-nuclear states, she said.

"In fact, some other countries have been engaged in
blocking these negotiations since decades," she contended.

Responding to questions on the situation in
Afghanistan, Janjua said, "Pakistan strongly supports the
process of transfer of responsibility, including security, to
the Afghan government... Pakistan`s diplomacy is centered on
promoting stability and peace in its immediate neighbours and
we hope that the people and government of Afghanistan will
take on the responsibility to ensure security in their