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September 19, 2012

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Protests against sacrilegious film continue in Muslim world

Protests against sacrilegious film continue in Muslim world
KUNDUZ/CAIRO: Protests against the sacrilegious film continued in the Muslim world, particularly in Pakistan, on Tuesday. Several hundred Afghan university students clashed with police in Kunduz city and set fire to photographs of US President Barack Obama.
The students threw stones at police, who pushed them back from the main road outside the university, and chanted “Death to America”, an AFP reporter said.Hundreds of people, many carrying placards and chanting “Down with America”, rallied outside the US embassy in Bangkok.
Defying heavy rain and a big police presence, around 400 protesters massed outside the US embassy, which was shut in advance of the rally.
In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of Muslim protesters clashed with security forces and burnt a police vehicle.All shops and businesses were shut in the valley by a strike called to protest against the sacrilegious film.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered that seven US-based Egyptian Copts be tried over their role in the anti-Islam film.The prosecution said the accused were involved in either the production or the distribution of the film “Innocence of Muslims”. No trial date has yet been set.
ISLAMABAD: The US on Tuesday halted public dealing in all its diplomatic missions in Pakistan in wake of ongoing protests.
According to statement issued by US embassy in Islamabad, all diplomatic missions in the country would be closed for public as security concerns.
Meanwhile, US diplomatic personnel were shifted to an undisclosed location from the Karachi consulate. The US consulate in Lahore was also vacated by US officials who were shifted to other safe places.
Authorities have blocked all roads toward the US diplomatic building in Lahore.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) convened a general body session and decided to register a peaceful protest in front of the US embassy today (Wednesday).
IBA President Syed Javed Akbar Shah Mashhadi said the IBA strongly condemn the blasphemous video which had spread a wave of hatred in Muslim world against the US.
PESHAWAR: Five protesters were injured when the police used teargas and baton-charge to disperse the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists who were approaching the United States Consulate General in Peshawar to record their protest.
Some policemen also sustained bruises when the protesters pelted stones at them during the hide and seek between the JI members and the cops that continued for over an hour. The protesters under the aegis of Shabab-e-Milli, the youth wing of JI, had earlier gathered outside the Masjid Darvesh in the Peshawar Saddar area and started marching towards the US Consulate General.
However, the police intercepted them outside the Peshawar Garrison Club to stop them from going ahead. The JI workers dispersed there and re-assembled at the Hayat Shaheed Square near the US Consulate General. The JI leaders, including provincial secretary general Shabbir Ahmad Khan, district president Bahrullah and provincial secretary information Israrullah also arrived there to lead the protesters.
Stringent security measures had already been taken around the heavily guarded US Consulate General. All the roads near the building had been blocked since Monday evening for traffic with barbed wire and barricades. A heavy contingent of police had been deployed outside its premises to check the movement of protesters.
The JI leaders held negotiations with the senior police officials present on the occasion to allow them towards the building, but to no avail. They then decided to hold a protest gathering on the main road. No sooner did the JI leaders started making speeches, the police began teargassing and baton-charging the protesters. As a result several protesters sustained injuries. The protesters also set the US flag on fire and pelted the police with stones.
A number of protesters were arrested by the police. However, they were released after a while when the JI leaders threatened to hold protest march towards the Chief Minister’s House. The protesters later organised a protest procession on the main Saddar Road.
Speaking on the occasion, Shabbir Ahmad Khan warned the government of dire consequences if it failed to stop following the pro-US policies.
The JI leader urged the government to deport the US diplomats from the country forthwith and sever ties with the US till it tendered apology to the Muslim Ummah for the sacrilegious act.
Meanwhile, the Defence Pakistan Council (DPC) announced to observe protest day against the blasphemous movie on September 21 across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Provincial president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) said in a press release that protest demonstrations would be arranged in all the district headquarters of the province against the anti-Islam practices.
LAHORE: Students of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) held a walk from the university to the Mall Road to show their anger at the blasphemy committed by American film producers.
More than 300 students and doctors participated in the rally and reached at the Mall Road. They raised slogans against America and the blasphemous film producers. They said that this film should never be allowed to be displayed in Pakistan and nor should be available at any multimedia source.
AS protests against the US blasphemous movie continued on Tuesday, two more religious alliances announced launching protest movements, demanding that Islamabad must cut all ties with US and expel its ambassador and diplomats besides calling for harsh punishments to those involved in the act especially pastor Terry Jones.
DPC and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), both announced observing countrywide protest day on Friday. SIC has also given a countrywide shutter down strike call for the day. Both the alliances have called their followers and supporters to join in rallies and protests to register their annoyance against the blasphemers and force the rulers to muster up the required courage to pressurise the US authorities to rein in the anti-Muslim elements.
FAISALABAD: The Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen and Imamia Students Organisation demanded that those who prepared and screened the blasphemous film on internet in the US should be handed over to Pakistan so that exemplary punishment could be awarded to them.
Addressing a press conference here, MWM and ISO leaders Dr Iftikhar Naqvi and Syed Shakeel Asghar said that retaliation of the Muslim world against the blasphemous film was a natural phenomena. They demanded that the Muslim states should boycott the American products if the US did not take any action against these elements.
Meanwhile, different organisations of doctors and paramedics staged a demonstration at Allied Hospital Chowk. They blocked the road for an hour to condemn the release of blasphemous film. The Private Hospitals Association, Young Doctors Organisation, Social Security Doctors Association and Punjab Medical College Doctors Association leaders demanded the US to ban the screening of blasphemous film on internet. The Mazdoor Ittehad Union also took out a rally and marched through different roads. MPA Khalil Tahir Sindhu led the rally.
JHELUM: Hundreds of people staged demonstrations and took out rallies against the blasphemous movie at various areas of Dina, Jhelum and Sohawa tehsils.
A rally was taken out from Main Chowk Dina in which religious organisations leaders and civil society members participated. The protesters were holding banners against the blasphemous movie and raised slogans against the makers of the movie. Another rally was taken out from Tehsil Road Jhelum to Shandar Chowk by traders and some civil society organisations while lawyers also participated in the rally.
GILGIT: Hundreds of protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the anti-Islam film across the city.
The protesters demanded action against the filmmaker. They demanded of the OIC to lodge a strong protest on behalf of all the Muslims of the world, condemning the movie in which rogue filmmakers have tried to defame our religion.
KOTLI: District Bar lawyers carried banners and placards and also chanted slogans against the defamatory act against Islam and paraded on main roads of the city and at the end converted in a big public rally at Courtyard.
They also demanded from 57 sovereign Islamic states to evolve a joint strategy against the evil forces which are targeting Islam.
NANKANA SAHIB: The students of Guru Nanak College took out a protest rally against a profane film. The rally started from Tehsil Morr and concluded at Milad-e-Mustafa (PBUH) Chowk. The participants chanted slogans against America. A large number of Sikh students were also present.
LALAMUSA: Muslim Ulema along with Christian leaders took out a rally against blasphemous movie.
The rally started from Peterson Memorial Church and later blocked GT Road and Railway Road while protesters burnt tyres at Milad Chowk. The protesters carrying banners and placards chanted slogans against the makers and producer of the film. The leaders of the rally including Maulana Ghulam Rabbani and Christian leaders strongly condemned the film which hurt the feelings of the Muslims. They demanded execution of the makers of the film.
LARKANA: The protest against the blasphemous film continued in Larkana.
Sunni Tehreek, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Khaksar Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and several other civil society organisations in Larkana, Bakrani, Dhamrah, Sijawal Junejo, Kamber-Shahdadkot held protest demonstrations and chanted slogans against the filmmakers.
SIALKOT: The religious, political and social organisations of district Sialkot took out protest rallies against the blasphemous movie.
They observed complete strike and took out rallies in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Pasrur, Chawinda, Badiana and surrounding areas to lodge their strong protest against the blasphemous movie.
TOBA TEK SINGH: All political parties and religious organisations took out a rally to condemn the anti-Islam movie.
The rally started from Sarhand Colony and was participated by MNA Junaid Anwaar, former MNA Ch M Ashfaq, PTI leader Ghiasuddin Janbaz, Maulana Abdullah Ludhianvi, Maulana Munem Siddiqi, Maulana Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, Maulana Ismail, Maulana Shamsuzzaman Qadri, Christian leader Ashfaq Fateh and PPP leader Amer Jabbar.
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