Mar 28 2011
Evidently, the Islamists aren’t too happy about pastor Terry Jones torching of the Quran and are demanding strong condemnation by the UN.
Gateway – Supporters of the religious political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam shout slogans against the recent reported burning of the Koran in Florida while rallying through Peshawar March 24, 2011. The Christian preacher Terry Jones, who after international condemnation last year canceled a plan to burn copies of the Koran to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, supervised the burning of the Muslim holy book in front of a crowd of about 30 people at an obscure church in Florida on Sunday, media reports said. The banner reads, “Hang the crusader pastor who disgraced the holy Koran.”(REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz))
The pastor is already being threatened with death and a $2.2 million bounty on his head
On March 22, a jihadist posted provided maps showing the location of Gainesville and gave pictures of Terry Jones, and inciting for his “slaughter.” In response, one jihadist wrote: “May Allah burn him and the [United] States with him. I hope someone pours gasoline and burns this devil”, and another wrote: “O Allah, burn him and burn the American island just as you burned the Japanese, and show us the wonders of Your Power and Invincible Mightiness.”
President Asif Ali Zardari condemned the desecration of the Quran during his address to a joint sitting of parliament. The country’s Foreign Office in Islamabad called it a “despicable act.” Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a banned Islamic organization and suspected terrorist group, announced a reward of 10 crore rupees (about $2.2 million) for anyone who kills the preacher.
Daily Mail News — Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) decided that the Ambassador of Pakistan along with Ambassadors of Tajiskistan (OIC chair), Morocco (OIC Coordinator for Human Rights), Iran and Egypt would meet with the UN Secretary General to convey OIC’s strong condemnation and ask him to take the lead towards promoting inter-faith harmony.
The meeting approved the proposals of Ambassador Haroon and his Iranian counterpart that OIC Chair and Observer Mission will draft a strong condemnatory letter on behalf of OIC with the assistance of Pakistan and Morocco to be sent to the UN Secretary General, President UN General Assembly, High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR) with the request to circulate it as an official document.
Reiterating the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari’s clear expression of sentiments of the people and extreme provocation and seriousness of the issue, and his call to the United Nations to take immediate action on the subject, Ambassador Haroon the first Speaker from the member states voiced strong condemnation of this sacrilegious act.
On March 22, Ambassador Haroon had written a letter to the UN Secretary General, where he drawn UN attention towards this despicable act of desecration of the Holy Quran by Wayne Sapp and Terry Jones in Florida. He voiced Pakistan’s profound regret and deep concern at the increasing acts of “Islamophobia and growing trend of intolerance and hatred towards Muslims as well as insults to their religious symbols and personalities”.