Islamabad, July 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the deliberate and wanton attack on the holy sites including the recent attack on Sayyeda Bibi Zainab’s shrine on 19 July in Damascus. The trend of desecration of the holy sites has hurt the sentiments of Muslims in Pakistan as indeed the world over. Such violations, which also fan sectarian strife, are most reprehensible.
Pakistan calls upon the Government of Syria to ensure safety and security of all holy shrines and buildings in Syria. Pakistan also calls upon all parties to the conflict in Syria to observe international humanitarian law and help protect the common heritage of mankind respecting the sanctity of the holy buildings and places of worship.
The Charge d’ Affairs of Syria in Islamabad has been called at the Foreign Office to convey the concerns of the government and people of Pakistan on desecration of the holy shrine of Sayyeda Bibi Zainab.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan