India condemns Quran burning move in the US

India today condemned the plan of small Florida church pastor to burn copies of the holy Quran to mark the 9/11 attacks and called on US authorities to take "strong action" to prevent such an "outrage" being committed.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram while deploring Pastor Terry Jones's move to burn copies of Islam's holiest text on September 11 also urged the Indian media to exercise "great restraint" over the coverage of the act to help maintain peace

and harmony.

"We condemn the action of the pastor. It is totally unbecoming of anyone who claims to be a man of religion. We hope that the US authorities will take strong action to prevent such an outrage being committed.

"While we await the action of the US authorities, we would appeal to the media in India - both print and visual media - to refrain from telecasting visuals or publishing photographs of the deplorable act," Chidambaram said in a statement.

The Home Minister also said that the move was aimed at increasing "bitterness and strife" between religious groups.

"No one who is interested in maintaining harmony and peace among different sections of the people can condone such action," he said.

"We would also appeal to the media to exercise great restraint over the next couple of days and help in maintaining communal peace and harmony," the Home Minister said.

Jones has threatened to burn copies of the Quran to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terror attack in the US. Besides the US authorities, religious and political leaders all over the world have also condemned his proposed action warning of an adverse fallout.

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