Thousands of people took on the roads across the country to denounce an anti-Islam film, demanding the expulsion of US diplomats and cut off in ties between Pakistan and the United States.
‘Innocence of Muslims’, the anti-Islam movie has extreme blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that sparked fury across the Muslim world.
In order to avoid any untoward incident, police beefed up security around the US missions in the country after violent attacks on American consulates and embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
However, protests across the country were peaceful and passed off largely without violence.
In Lahore, Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed led a rally against the anti-Islam movie, urging the government to summon the US ambassador to record their protest.
He stated, “We condemn this conspiracy of producing (an) anti-Islam film. Such blasphemous acts are intentional conspiracies from the US and we will not tolerate it”.
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) organized a rally in Karachi, where around thousands of activists and supporters gathered with banners and placards bearing anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.
They chanted, “Hang the filmmaker…Hang the apostate. Jihad is the only treatment to cure American cancer”.
It claimed that the movie was supported by the US, and it was trying to provoke extremism by using different tactics. The JI members and supporters threatened to attack the US embassy in Islamabad if the Pakistani government did not protest against the film.
JI Chief Munawar Hassan addressed the protest rally, demanding that the US government should ban the movie.
Majlis Wahdatul Muslameen rallied from the G-5 Imam Bargah in Islamabad up to the US embassy. However, the strict security arrangements at the embassy prevented any untoward incident during the protest.
The demonstrators demanded that the film should be banned across the world and the filmmakers should be severely punished. They also demanded that the US should apologize for the movie.
Pakistan, India and Afghanistan have already blocked access to the movie, while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintained that the movie was not supported by the US.