Pak asks Interpol to stop `insane` pastor from burning Quran

Pakistan strongly condemned an American pastor`s plans to burn copies of the Quran to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and asked Interpol to stop the "insane" man from going ahead with the move.

Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 18:56 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned
an American pastor`s plans to burn copies of the Quran to mark
the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and asked Interpol
to stop the "insane" man from going ahead with the move.

President Asif Ali Zardari expressed grave concern over
the pastor`s threat and believed that anyone "who even thought
of such a despicable act must be suffering from a diseased
mind and a sickly soul," according to his spokesman
Farhatullah Babar.

Such an act will "inflame sentiments among Muslims
throughout the world and cause irreparable damage to
interfaith harmony and world peace," Babar said.

The President has called for "doing all that it takes to
stop such a senseless and outrageous act," he said.

Separately, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, in a letter
addressed to Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble, said
Interpol should stop "insane" pastor Terry Jones from burning
the Quran.

Malik drew Interpol`s attention to the "very serious and
grave" issue, which is a crime against humanity and an
"international offence" as it could affect global peace and
harmony.

"Interpol must play its role to stop this heinous
criminal act by insane Terry Jones as it will bring
irreversible damage to world peace, especially when the world
is fighting against all kind of acts of terrorism," he said.

Malik asked Noble to take up the issue with US
authorities to stop the "crazy so-called priest from this
highly criminal act."

"Muslim Ummah would be outraged by such an act and the
feelings of Muslims should be respected," he said.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said Pakistan
denounces the planned "shameful burning of 200 copies of the
Holy Quran by a small Florida church on September 11."

"The government and the people of Pakistan, including
Christians, are outraged at this planned act by a self-
proclaimed pastor. This is against the spirit of any religion
and is, therefore, being rightly denounced by the entire
international community," he told a weekly news briefing.

Pakistan urges "adherents of all religions and faiths to
strongly condemn this fanatic approach and oppose those, who
in the name of freedom and liberty, are resorting to bigotry
and undermining the work that has been done towards promoting
interfaith harmony since 9/11," he said.

Basit said the Pakistan government is in touch with the
Organisation of the Islamic Conference to formulate a joint
response and strategy in this regard.

Pakistan`s Religious Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Kazmi
also strongly condemned the regrettable plan of the pastor and
said it could cause great chaos and turmoil in the world.

Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and brotherhood
and it discourages tendencies of extremism and terrorism, he
said.

PTI