Religious intolerance an insult to all: Kerry

Published: September 21, 2012

US Senator John Kerry speaks after meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. PHOTO: APP

WASHINGTON: US Senator John Kerry said on Thursday that religious intolerance is an insult to everybody and condemned senseless intolerance exhibited in the anti-Islam video following a meeting.

Senator Kerry made the remarks following an hour-long meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Ambassador Sherry Rehman on Capitol Hill. Other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also attended the meeting.

“All of us in the US, all of us condemn this senseless intolerance exhibited by the video which very few Americans have seen. We feel it is without any legitimacy, any potential redeeming quality. It is an insult to everybody,” said Senator Kerry.

He added that no religion deserves disrespect, and that the US was founded on the principles of tolerance that everyone needs to work towards. Senator Kerry added that there was no room for violent reactions to the film. “There is no room for taking of lives as a consequence of that. Certainly room to protest and to make voices heard but not at expense of human lives.”

In response to a question, Senator Kerry said he had raised the matter of Dr Shakil Afridi and the US concerns on the matter in the meeting. He added that he had been told that a report on Osama bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad was to be released soon.

In her remarks, Foreign Minister Khar thanked Senator Kerry for his statement on intolerance.

On the subject of US-Pakistan relations, Khar said that a peaceful, stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s core interests.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Eddie
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:38AM

    Yeah, but we like to take lives and destroy our own property

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:56AM

    Why our two ladies are gloomy and up set.Cheer up and go for shopping,you are just wasting time with US Public representatives and Intelligences agencies,they are on different roles in Muslim countries,Arab spring was another drama against the interest of other emerging powers of the world.Muslim countries are best battle field ground to settle their interest.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 1:00PM

    Question regarding Afridi is by design in a situation like this, is to embarrass our FM Hina and others,nobody asked what punishment has been given to Raymend Davis so how can relation improve.This is American style and above all they innocently asked we give aid in billions still hatred growing.Money can’t buy soul and pride,people understand the purpose of money be given to remain involved.

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  • Tahir
    Sep 21, 2012 - 4:57PM

    *wow, america is so tolerant,benevolent and peace-loving, why Pakistan is reluctant to declare USA as their new god?

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 21, 2012 - 8:52PM

    It is refreshing to hear that people have regrets for loss of lives. Obviously, they are unaware that US drone aircraft are routinely killing innocent people.Recommend

  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:41AM

    If this is so then wow what the US’ officials’ tolerance’s and patience’s demonstration/display in Afghanistan is much the best,excellent and august example!!!!!!Recommend

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