President condemns attack on church
ISLAMABAD, Sept 23 (APP):  President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday condemned and deplored the attack and burning of a church in Mardan by a mob.The President in a message said the highly provocative anti-Islam film had been condemned throughout the world and particularly in Pakistan by muslims and non muslims alike.However the ransacking of public and private property particularly the places of worship of other religions was itself an un-Islamic and highly condemnable act.He said ransacking and vandalising revered places of worship and inflicting damage in retaliation amounted to playing into the hands of perpetrators of the crime who produced the anti- Islam film.Describing the torching of the church as ‘unfortunate and reprehensibe the President said that it was contrary to the teachings of Islam which ordained respecting places of worship of all religions.He said that incidents like this portrayed Pakistan and muslims negatively.