Pakistan says plan to burn Koran is an international crime
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday condemned the plan by a pastor in the United States to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, calling it an international crime that could endanger "peace and harmony" around the world, dpa reported.
In a letter to Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble, Malik called on the body to contact the concerned authorities in the US to stop "this heinous criminal act by insane Terry Jones."
Malik warned that the burning of the Koran would outrage the entire Muslim world. "It will bring irreversible damage to the world peace especially when the world is fighting against all kind of act of terrorism."
Abdul Basit, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman, condemned the Koran burning plan by the Florida minister, saying that Islamabad was in contact with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to devise a collective strategy for Islamic countries on the issue.