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Pakistan demands end to blasphemous caricatures

Pakistan condemning the competition of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad on the facebook said that the competition tantamount to hurting the sentiments of the Muslim Ummah and the matter has been taken up at world level. No decision yet has been made on starting army offensive in North Waziristan.

Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit in his weekly press briefing termed competition of blasphemous caricatures of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on Face-Book website as condemnable and said that sacrilegious caricatures has hurt the feelings throughout Muslim world and would damage the efforts of developing interfaith harmony.

He said as a protest Pakistan has blocked Face-Book and You-Tube website adding that Muslim world has recorded its resentment against publishing of sacrilegious caricatures and we have taken up this matter with the human rights council of OIC.

We request the world community to take action such elements who are hurting the sentiments of Muslims and creating rage in the world.

He pointed out that positive statements from the leadership of India and Pakistan was good omen to settle the confronting issues between both the countries.

He also informed that approximately 633 Pakistani prisoners are languishing in Indian jails among whom 124 have reported to be fishermen. He said that an agreement with India was struck on May 21 2008 regarding extradition of prisoners and exchange of information under which we are taking measures to get released Pakistanis languishing in Indian jails

Pakistan aimed to settle water issue with India through peaceful dialogues.

Pakistan has been doing its best against the menace of terrorism according to national strategies adding that Military operation decision in North Waziristan would be soon finalized and it would be our decision not on the behest of any other country, Abdul Basit said.

He also informed that In India could also be included in Gas Pipeline project between Pakistan and Iran, however it could be too early to give a final stance over Indian induction in Gas pipeline project.

Responding to a query, he said that Visa issue with America would be settled soon adding that America wants to open its new Consulate in Quetta, however we are still considering their request.

He said that Swedish embassy in Pakistan has not been closed only the visa section has been closed temporarily rest of the embassy sections are working as normal.



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