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Pakistani minister wants international action against Florida pastor who burned Qur'an

March 31, 2011

Pakistan's interior minister has called upon Interpol to investigate the burning of a copy of the Qur'an in Florida, and asked Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the act. Rehman Malike made his requests on the recommendation of Pakistani President Asi Ali Zardari.

The Pakistani senate has passed a resolution demanding that the US prosecute Terry Jones, the fundamentalist pastor who burned the Qur'an. Pakistan--whose strict national laws against blasphemy have drawn international criticism--has been the nation most prominent in the condemnation of Jones's action.

Christians in Pakistan, already under duress, have been anxious to distance themselves from the Florida pastor. Christians are emphasizing that they are Pakistanis, not Americans, and should not be held responsible for the isolated act of one Christian in another country. Nevertheless many Christians remain fearful of continued Islamic reprisals.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 31, 2011 7:33 PM ET USA

    Perhaps we could first have some international action against those Muslims who have killed thousands of Christians across the globe over the past decade or so, often with the full support of their religious leadership and the tacit approval of their governments. Then we could discuss a lone minister burning a book.

  • Posted by: Obregon - Mar. 31, 2011 4:17 PM ET USA

    I guess the Pakistani government does not understand that in this free country one has the right to be an idiot!