NATIONAL: (By Yasir Habib Khan)– Around 3000 Qurans, being tried to set on ablaze, were saved to get burnt after a damned Florida pastor got busted who were ready to light these Qurans in a revengeful protest of 2001 terrorist attacks known as 9/11 tragedy.
Law enforcement personnel arrested Pastor Terry Jones (61) and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr, aged 34, on felony charges. Condemned pastors were driving a pickup truck carrying a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qur’ans drenched in kerosene. They informed the people that they were moving to a nearby park to burn 3000 Qurans – one for every victim of the September 11 terrorist incident.
Mulberry’s mayor, along with area elected officials, a sheriff’s deputy and several Polk County residents have underlined the need to have respect and tolerance for all faiths on September 11.
Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. He first drew attention in 2010 when he planned to burn a Qur’an on 9/11, although he eventually put on hold the move. His congregation did torch holy Quran in March 2011 and last year he incited an anti-Muslim film. All three incidents flared up violence wave in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The most violent protest took place after the 2011 Qura’n burning when millions of protesters flooded a UN compound in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, causing death of seven foreigner..
Jones has repeatedly turned down requests from the US military making pleas not to protest. Military officials revealed that his actions risked lives of American and Western troops in Afghanistan.
An Egyptian court sentenced Jones, along with seven Egyptian Coptic Christians in absentia with capital punishment on charges associated to the film. The ruling was observed as symbolic because Jones and the other defendants live outside of Egypt.
Last week, a federal judge in Michigan ruled in favour of Jones and his organisation, Stand Up America Now. Earlier on Wednesday, about 75 people thronged In Mulberry for an interfaith prayer to offset Jones’ actions.
Mike Ghouse, who rganised a 9/11 prayer service in his home state of Texas, organized his event at Mulberry due to Jones’ planned Qur’an burning. He initially wanted to do so in Texas but was forced with a group of Mulberry residents who managed an anti-Jones Facebook page.
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