Pak condemns ‘desecration’ of Quran


Islamabad, July 19: Pakistan Friday expressed its serious concern over the alleged desecration of Holy Quran in Kashmir.
Speaking at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday‚ Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said this incident has hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan as well as the entire Muslim world.
He said the Indian government has expressed its intention to carry out investigation into the sacrilegious act. “We hope the probe will be held expeditiously and those involved in the act will be brought to justice,” he said.
When asked about the revelations made by a former Indian official that New Delhi had planned Mumbai and parliament attacks‚ the Foreign Office spokesperson said that Islamabad had asked its high commission in New Delhi to approach the Indian government to ascertain the veracity of the report attributed to a former Indian official Satish Verma. He said according to the preliminary response‚ India has denied that any such statement has been made by Verma. “We‚ however‚ would ask India to give more details in this regard.”
On the start of backdoor channels with India‚ the spokesperson said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed a former senior diplomat Shahryar Khan to conduct track-II diplomacy.
The designated ambassador has visited India and expressed the strong desire of Pakistani leadership for having good neighborly relations.
He said Pakistan wants resumption of formal composite talks with India to address mistrust.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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