Religion

OIC Secretary General condemns burning of Churches in Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in a statement issued in Jeddah today, strongly condemned the reported incident of attack and burning of churches in Central Java district in Indonesia yesterday by unruly mobs.

The OIC Secretary General stated that violence and intolerance of other religious faiths and destruction of places of worship went against the basics tenets of Islam. It also goes against the OIC position on interfaith harmony. He stressed on the fact that Muslims and Christians had been living in peace and harmony side by side since fourteen centuries and such deplorable incidents negate Islamic tradition and culture. He called for an immediate end to the violence and for restoration of calm. He also expressed his confidence that the concerned authorities in Indonesia would take all necessary steps in this regard and would initiate actions against those involved in the incident.

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Azhar Masood

Azhar Masood is Controller of News in PTV, and Chief Instructor of PTV Academy, working for Arab News. He has Covered Iraq War from Baghdad for CNN, BBC, FOX News, and Al-Jazeera and other regional channels. He covered conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina. He interviewed Yasir Arafat of Palestine, Paul Wolfoweit, Prime Minister Jean Ghteyan of Canada, Dr. Amar Musa of Egypt, Mr. Haris Slajic, Prime Minister of Bosnia Dr. Akbar Ali Vallayati, former Foreign Minister of Iran, President Kumaratunge of Sri Lanka, Mr. Kumar Su Bramanyem, Director of National Defence Institute of India, Mr. Hamid Karzai President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Chalabi of Iraq National Congress, Mr. Hoshyar Zubari, Vice President Kurdish Democratic Party of Iraq

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