Pakistani Christians protesting against the burning of the Holy Qur’an by a US pastor, in Lahore, Pakistan on September 9, 2010
The Christian community across Pakistan has staged a protest to denounce the burning of Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an, by a US extremist pastor.
Christians throughout the country gathered in the Pakistani city of Lahore to show solidarity with the world’s Muslims, a Press TV correspondent reported Monday.
The Christian demonstrators said that US Pastor Wayne Sapp’s burning of the Holy Qur’an was an attempt to flame clashes between Muslims and Christians.
The protesters urged the Pakistani government to take action over the incident and called on the United States to prevent its people from taking such extremist actions.
On March 20, Sapp burnt a copy of the Holy Qur’an, under the supervision of Terry Jones, another US pastor who himself drew sweeping condemnation last September over his plan to ignite a pile of the Muslim’s holy book on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
“We really condemn [the burning of the Holy Qur’an], because it raises discrimination amongst the communities on [a] religious basis,” Chairwoman of Christian Progressive Movement Nalla J.Dayal said.
The Christian leader further added that Sapp’s burning of the Qur’an reveals the fact that he does not believe in any religion.
Sapp’s move has stoked fear amongst Christians who are in the minority in Pakistan.
However, Pakistan’s government says it has ensured the safety and rights of the minorities in the country. The government has also assured that the culprits will not escape punishment.
The burning of the Holy Qur’an has ignited mass protests around the Muslim world.