Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the deliberate and wanton attack on the holy sites including the recent attack on Sayyeda Bibi Zainab’s shrine in Damascus.

Foreign office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in a statement said the trend of desecration of the holy sites has hurt the sentiments of Muslims in Pakistan as indeed the world over. Such violations, which also fan sectarian strife, are most reprehensible.

He said, “Pakistan calls upon the Government of Syria to ensure safety and security of all holy shrines and buildings in Syria. The spokesman said Pakistan also called upon all parties to the conflict in Syria to observe international humanitarian law and help protect the common heritage of mankind respecting the sanctity of the holy buildings and places of worship.

The Charge d’ Affairs of Syria in Islamabad has been called at the  Foreign Office to convey the concerns of Pakistan government and people  on desecration of the holy shrine of Sayyeda Bibi Zainab.