Govt appeal to media: Show great restraint on Koran-burning plan

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 10 2010, 06:24am hrs
Worried over possible communal tensions that may erupt in the country in the event of a United States pastor carrying out his threat to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Union home minister P Chidambaram on Thursday appealed to the Indian media to exercise great restraint over the next couple of days.

Chidambaram said India hopes that the US authorities will take strong action to prevent such an outrage from being committed.

While we await the action of the US authorities, we would appeal to the media in Indiaboth print and visual mediato refrain from telecasting visuals or publishing photographs of the deplorable act. We would also appeal to the media to exercise great restraint over the next couple of days and help in maintaining communal peace and harmony, he said.

Condemning the pastors proposed move, Chidambaram said it was totally unbecoming of anyone who claims to be a man of religion. It is calculated to increase bitterness and strife between religious groups. No one who is interested in maintaining harmony and peace can condone such action, he said, adding US authorities and religious leaders all over the world have condemned the proposed action.

Terry Jones, a pastor in a Florida church, has vowed to burn copies of the Koran on September 11 at the church. Asking Jones to drop the idea, which he said was contrary to American values, United States President Barack Obama on Thursday said that the event would be a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda.

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