India condemns US Quraan burning, calls for media blackout

India condemned on Thursday a planned Quraan burning ceremony in Florida, calling on US authorities to take ‘strong action’ and for Indian media to impose a blackout on images of the event.

“The US authorities have strongly condemned the statement of the pastor, religious leaders all over the world have condemned this proposed action, we too condemn the proposed actions of the pastor,” Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.

“We hope the US authorities will take strong action to prevent such an outrage being committed.

“While we await the actions of the US authorities we appeal to the media, both print and visual media, to refrain from telecasting visuals or publishing photographs of this deplorable act.”

India has the world’s third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan.