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Pakistan to write to Pope, Interpol for action on Florida Quran desecration

March 29, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan will write to Pope Benedict XVI and the Interpol for taking appropriate action against controversial US pastor Terry Jones, who oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran at his small Florida church last Sunday after the revered Islamic book was put on trial.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed the Senate that he was addressing letters to the Pope and Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble on the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, who had himself called for UN action over the incident in his address to a joint sitting of parliament on March 22.

The letter to the Interpol chief would demand that the international police treat the matter as a case of "criminal violence" and take measures to guard against any future desecration or blasphemy, The Dawn quoted Malik, as saying.

The Senate strongly condemned the incident in a resolution and called upon the United States to take legal action against Jones, who last year cancelled a plan to burn copies of the Koran to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States after international condemnation, but indulged in a similar act this month.

The Senate also urged all Muslim countries to convey their outrage to the United States, and asked the United Nations to take notice of what it called a "heinous act".


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