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February 25, 2012

Desecration of Holy Quran widely condemned

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AFP
February 25, 2012

PESHAWAR: The religious parties and students organisations on Friday flayed the United States and the Nato forces for desecrating the Holy Quran in Afghanistan and threatened to wage jihad against the infidel forces if they continued to hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
Separate protest rallies were held in different parts of the provincial capital where the effigies of Barack Obama and US flags were set on fire.
Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami brought out a protest rally from their provincial headquarters, Al-Markaz-e-Islam, and blocked the Grand Truck Road for some time.
Led by provincial president of Jamiat Ittehadul Ulema Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, JI district president Bahrullah and former member of the National Assembly Sabir Hussain Awan, the protesters chanted slogans against the US-led Nato forces.
The speakers blasted the US and said it was the 8th occasion that the US troops desecrated the Holy Quran. They asked the government to pull out of the US-led ‘war on terror’ and said this war was not against terrorism but war being directed against Muslims. They said the rulers of Islamic countries should act sensibly and sever social, diplomatic and economic ties with US.
The protesters marched from the JI headquarters to the Ring Road where they dispersed peacefully.
Workers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) also staged a protest rally to condemn the US forces for desecrating the Quran.
Led by the district president of the party Maulana Atiq Shah, the JUI-F workers chanted slogans against the President Obama and US troops based in Afghanistan. They stressed upon the leaders of the Islamic countries to join hands and foil the evil designs of the US-led forces against Islam and Muslims.
The activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) also staged protest on the campus of the University of Peshawar. Holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-US slogans, the protesting student took out the protest rally from the Islamia College

University. They marched through various roads of the university and chanted slogans against the rulers and US. The protest was led by IJT campus president Mian Sohailuddin Kakakhel.
Our correspondent adds from Ghallanai: The tribesmen in Mian Mandi area of Mohmand Agency on Friday staged protest against the desecration of the holy Quran by the United States troops stationed at the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.
Addressing the protesters, Jamaat-e-Islam (JI) leaders Maulana Iftikhar Khan and Arshad Khan said the soldiers responsible for the heinous act must be punished for hurting the sentiments of Muslims. They asked the government not to restore the Nato supplies through Pakistan and take steps to stop the US drone attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Ashrafuddin Pirzada adds from Landikotal: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Friday staged a rally to protest against the desecration of the Holy Quran at the hands of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
The JI activists and leaders, local tribesmen, journalists and civil society representatives chanted slogans against the United States and Israel while carrying black flags and banners inscribed with slogans such as “Down with America!” and “Go America Go!”
The demonstrators marched from the Bacha Khan Chowk up to the railway track where they burnt the US flag and effigy of US President Barack Obama. JI Fata deputy chief Zarnoor Afridi condemned the burning of the Holy Quran at a US-run military base in Afghanistan. He said that the United States had been involved in conspiracies against the Muslims since long.
“The US wants to establish its hold on the world but it will not succeed in its designs,” Zarnoor Afridi said, adding that the Afghans would defeat the occupation forces and Afghanistan would prove to be a graveyard for the US soldiers and its allies.
The JI leaders asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) to leave Afghanistan as early as they could face the same fate that had befallen the Soviet forces in the war-torn country.
JI Landikotal deputy chief Abdur Rauf Shinwari said the Muslims saluted their Afghan brethren who had laid down their lives to protect the sanctity of the Quran. He criticised the rulers for adopting silence over the issue.
Our correspondent adds from Timergara: Activists of JI on Friday staged protest against the burning of copies of the Holy Quran by Nato troops in Afghanistan. Led by former MPA Muzaffar Said, the protesters chanting slogans against the US and Nato forces marched from the Ahyaul Uloom seminary and gathered at the Timergara Press Club.
The protesters said that Nato soldiers had started hurting feelings of the Muslims after realising they were about to suffer an ignominious defeat in Afghanistan. They condemned the silence of the Islamic countries over the desecration of the Holy Quran.
Speaking on the occasion, JI leaders lauded the sacrifices of the security forces for protecting the geographical frontiers of the country. They said the United States and other Western countries had started hatching conspiracies against Pakistan by introducing a resolution on Balochistan in the US Congress.

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