US Charge d' Affaires, Richard Hoagland was summoned to the Foreign
Office on Friday to register Pakistan’s protest against the anti-Islam
The Foreign Office informed Hoagland that the anti-Islam film was equivalent to an attack on two billion Muslims worldwide. The Foreign Office also demanded that the anti-Islam film be taken of Youtube immediately.
According to the Foreign Office, the anti-Islam film was a conspiracy to spread hatred amongst different religions.
A press release by the US Embassy stated that Ambassador Hoagland reiterated in his meeting at the Foreign Office that the United States Government has condemned this video’s content and its message and emphasized that the United States Government has nothing to do with it.
Ambassador Hoagland stated that this act was a deeply insensitive decision by a single individual to disseminate hatred. It does not reflect the values of the United States, a nation of more than 300 million people, built upon the pillars of religious freedom and tolerance.
Ambassador Hoagland echoed the call by the Prime Minister and other officials from the Government of Pakistan for citizens to remain calm and express their views peacefully.
Ambassador Hoagland also underscored his appreciation to the Government of Pakistan for its commitment to protect the facilities and personnel of diplomatic missions.
The experts maintained that the sheep should be tested before they are culled.
The Sindh High Court has already stayed the further culling of sheep, but the practice continues despite the order.
On Wednesday, Managing Director of Australia-based livestock exporter Wellard Rural Exports Stephen Meerwald also held a press conference and demanded an independent inspection of the animals by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Meerwald added that until their findings were announced, the culling should immediately be stopped.
The importer of the sheep had earlier filed a petition and had claimed that the Islamabad-based Research and Safety Laboratory had declared the sheep as ‘clean of any disease’, and contended that the government authorities collected samples of sheep without permission.