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15 injured at film protests in Peshawar

- September 21, 2012 - Updated 1446 PKT - From Web Edition

PESHAWAR: At least 15 people, including three police officers, were wounded on Friday in clashes at a Pakistani protest against an anti-Islam film made in the United States, a hospital official said.


A driver working for private TV station is in a critical condition and hooked up to a ventilator, said Doctor Mukhtar Khan, head of the Lady Reading Hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar.


"We have received 15 wounded so far. They include three police officials. Some have received bullet wounds. Some were hurt by tear gas and others suffered injuries due to the pelting of stones by protesters," Khan told AFP.


The man's employer reported that the driver was killed when a policeman opened fire on protesters who stormed a cinema, ransacked the building and set it alight. "We consider this incident murder. We strongly condemn it. The policeman involved in the firing incident should be arrested immediately and sacked," senior executive of private TV channel told a news conference. The channel broadcast disturbing footage of its employee, clearly in a critical condition and receiving urgent medical care in hospital, which was condemned by commentators on microblogging website Twitter.


Reader Comments
The people have the right to demonstrate against the anti-Islam film and blasphemous cartoons but why should some one destroy the public property and resort to violence under the pretext of demonstration. Are they doing it for some SAWAB or are they playing into the hands of those who have committed the crime of publishing blasphemous material? This is totally undesirable and unacceptable and the culprits should be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the law of the country.

Amir Bangash
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