ISLAMABAD  - President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday condemned and deplored the attack and burning of a church in Mardan by a mob.The President in a message said the highly provocative anti-Islam film had been condemned throughout the world and particularly in Pakistan by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.However, the ransacking of public and private property particularly the places of worship of other religions was itself an un-Islamic and highly condemnable act. He said ransacking and vandalising revered places of worship and inflicting damage in retaliation amounted to playing into the hands of perpetrators of the crime who produced the anti-Islam film.Describing the torching of the church as against teachings of Islam which ordained respecting places of worship of all religions, he said incidents like this portrayed Pakistan and Muslims negatively. The President called upon the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take all appropriate measures for protecting the places of worship of Christians and other minorities and address their grievances and take measures to avoid such incidents in future. A protesting mob in Mardan city on Friday set a Sarhadi Lutheran Church on fire and torched the attached building.