Pakistan has condemned the ‘deliberate and wanton’ attacks on the holy sites in Syria, including the recent one on the shrine of Sayyeda Bibi Zainab (RA) in Damascus.
“The trend of desecration of holy sites has hurt the sentiments of Muslims in Pakistan, as indeed the world over. Such violations fan sectarian strife and are reprehensible,” a Foreign Office spokesman said on Monday.
He called upon all parties to the conflict 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 spokesperson conveyed Pakistan’s deep concerns over such ‘reprehensible acts’ to the Syrian ambassador who was summoned to the Foreign Office. He urged upon Syrian authorities to ensure safety and security of all holy shrines in their country.
The Syrian envoy was summoned a day after countrywide protests against the desecration of holy sites.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2013.