PESHAWAR: Expressing outrage at the sacrilegious movie produced in the US recently, people across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the aegis of different political parties and other organisations staged protests on Friday.
The activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on the call of their central head Syed Munawar Hassan staged demonstrations in all the districts of the province.The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman had given a separate call for protest. His party activists also took to the streets in the big and small cities and towns of the province.
Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT), Imamia Students Organisation (ISO), Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and other organisations also organised protest rallies.In the provincial metropolis, the JI activists under the leadership of their provincial president Prof Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, general secretary Shabbir Ahmad Khan, Khateeb of historic Masjid Mohabat Khan Maulana Yousaf Qureshi and others led a protest procession. The protesters reached Ashraf Road, where a protest meeting was held.
The participants of the rally were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-US statements.The speakers on the occasion asked the government to immediately deport the US ambassador from the country.
“If the US failed to take measures to stop such blasphemous activities and continues to provoke the sentiments of billions of Muslims, the US embassy and consulates in the country would be besieged,” he threatened.
Prof Ibrahim said the anti-Islam attitude of the US had been exposed to everyone. He said it was the cowardly attitude of the rulers of Muslim countries and their greed for the US dollars that the infidel forces had dared to commit blasphemy.
He warned the rulers of serious repercussions if they failed to do away with their pro-US policies. He said the US and other Western countries had taken no measures for stopping the sacrilegious acts in their countries but instead encouraged such activities.
The demonstration was also addressed by Maulana Yousaf Qureshi, Shabbir Ahmad Khan, Bahrullah Khan and others.
The JUI-F activists gathered outside the Peshawar Press Club to show their anger against the blasphemous film. They were led by their district president Qari Rafiq Shah, general secretary Khalid Waqar Chamkani, Abdul Jalil Jan, Asif Iqbal Daudzai and others.
The protesters were holding banners and placards while chanting slogans against the US. The speakers criticised the US for its anti-Muslim attitude and said its policies were aimed at killing and humiliation of Muslims across the world.
They said worldwide protests would take a more violent turn if the US administration failed to arrest Pastor Terry Jones and the makers of the movie and award them exemplary punishment.
“The US should learn lesson from what happened in Libya and take steps to calm the anger of the Muslims who can sacrifice everything for upholding the sanctity of their beloved Prophet (peace be upon him),” Qari Rafiq Shah said.
The IJT activists staged a big protest rally at the University of Peshawar campus. Led by their campus president Mian Sohaibuddin Kakakhel, the protesters marched from Islamia College and reached the PUTA Hall where they staged demonstration. The enraged students burnt the American flag and chanted slogans against the US.
Speakers on the occasion criticised the US and Jews and condemned President Barack Obama by holding him mainly responsible for the episode to gain Jewish support in the upcoming US presidential election.
The activists of ISO staged demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club. Led by their divisional president Saqib Bangash, the demonstrators burnt the US flag.
The JuD activists, led by Sheikh Abu Muawiya, staged a separate rally. They said that jihad is the only way to get rid of the US atrocities. They demanded that the US diplomatic mission should be banished and the embassy closed.