Protests across Pakistan against ‘blasphemous’ film

Published: September 14, 2012

The controversial American film on Islam which has irked Muslims across the world has also resulted in several protests across Pakistan demanding the expulsion of the US Ambassador and cut off in ties between the two countries.

Majlis Wahdatul Muslameen rallied from the G-5 Imam Bargah in Islamabad up to the US embassy on Friday, however, the strict security arrangements at the embassy prevented any untoward incident during the protest. In a similar protest in Libya, the protesters had attacked the US embassy and also killed the US Ambassador to Libya, after which security at all US embassies across the world was tightened.

The protesters in Islamabad said that the film should be banned across the world and the filmmakers should be severely punished. They also demanded that the US should apologise for the film. 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.

Around 400 protesters rallied in front of Islamabad’s Laal Masjid after Friday prayers, following a call from JI.

They called for the handover of Terry Jones, an American Christian pastor linked with the film, who has drawn protests in the past for burning the Holy Quran.

“Terry Jones should be handed to us for a trial in the sharia court,” a speaker at the rally told the gathering.

The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) which held protests in several cities including Peshawar, Karachi and Swat, claiming that the movie was supported by the US, and it was trying to provoke extremism by using different tactics. The party 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, addressing a protest rally in the Nazimabad area of Karachi, demanded that the US government ban the movie and also demanded the Interior ministry of Pakistan lodge a protest with the US ambassador.

The rally in Lahore was organised by Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool which was taken out from Green Chowk to Sohrab Khan, while the one in Multan was organised by Jamiat Talba Arbia and Shehri Mahaz. Protesters threw shoes at US and Israeli flags and set them on fire.

In Lahore, Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, seen as a front for a banned militant organisation, led a 500-strong rally against the film.

Saeed – who has a $10 million US government bounty on him – urged the Pakistan government to summon the American ambassador to protest over the film.

“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,” he told the rally.

Apart from religious entities, the district bar lawyers also protested against the film in Sargodha and boycotted all court proceedings. They said that the government should demand the US to offer a formal apology for hurting the sanctity of the Muslims or shut down their embassy.

The lawyers also demanded a boycott of all American products.

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Reader Comments (119)

  • Ayesha
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Enough is Enough…Why these Israelis and Americans always have to such things which they know can enrage Muslims…It’s high time we boycott these so called friends..

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Why should we pakistanis remain behind. PTA did well to ban the movie in the country.

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  • Jaffar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:16PM

    We must protest this act in peaceful manner. I am with protesters.

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  • Noor
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Killing people and going on rampage over petty issuues is pre-programmed within us.

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  • Lahori
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:23PM

    Got an issue to exploit!

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  • Donga Bonga
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:28PM

    I wonder how many of the protestors actually saw the movie… On a side note, if the Pakistani media hadn’t reported it, nobody here would’ve even known about this and youtube had already made it unavailable by then!

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  • Zafar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:29PM

    It depresses me that most of my friends support what has happened to the US ambassador. It sad what is happening to Islam. We need to go back to early days when Islam was most cultured and civilized in the whole world.

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  • Zafar Khan
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Offence is taken,not given.Being ‘offended’ by any little thing in the world which doesn’t please us is doing us no favours.Killing people,burning down diplomatic buildings can never be justified just because blockheads in some foreign country decided to make some movie.
    The only thing we have done is to prove those people right,that we are violent,intolerant,non-peaceful people.The makers of that movie have achieved what they wanted,they’ve shown the world our violent,intolerant faces.Recommend

  • Sadaf Badar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:33PM

    There can be no excuse for killing people just because of some cartoons or some movie.It’s time to stop holding the world hostage just because we got offended.There are a lot of things our people say and do which the rest of the world might not like but we don’t see them losing their minds and going mad with violence.

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  • san
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:35PM

    If any protester found of harming public property should be imprisoned and should be heavily fined. Just praying for the safety of poor civilians from these hot heads.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:37PM

    Ayesha, If we react they will carry on producing them because they get the reaction they want which is ‘look at these Muslims all they do is violent demonstrations’ if we don’t react like this and just lodge complaints then these sort of incidents will become less. The people making this movie wanted this reaction, they were cunning and knew that Muslims would react like this… if we don’t react like this we don’t give them the satisfaction!

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  • ali
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:40PM

    We muslims can sacrifice our lives for our religion and honor of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). All muslim countries should unite against such acts and boycott the responsible countries. Enemies of islam have made it there habit to provoke muslims through such satanic acts. In addition to protests we muslims should work hard to come in par with them so that we can challenge them in every field.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Some crazy lunatic produces and uploads a very offensive film about the Prophet(PBUH) on YouTube, all by himself and our people wants to burn down US embassy and cut off all the relationship with USA!!!
    This only reinforces the westerners mistaken view about the Islam.
    Some in Egypt and other countries even ‘demand’ that the Obama apologizes for this video. If at all they should be asking an apology from that particular community. What has US and Obama got to do with it?
    insanity!Recommend

  • Raw is War
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:44PM

    @Ayesha

    where are Israelis involved in this?

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  • Mj
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Here we go again…It’s the season of getting offended and worked up over triviak matters.

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  • Jibran
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Well well well… we have build an army of fanatics, which is ready to self destruct on the slightest provocation.

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  • Fed Up Indian
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:47PM

    “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha

    Instead of reinforcing the very stereotypes mentioned in the movie, and attacking US embassies across a number of countries (including killing the US envoy to Libya), these people here could have spent their time doing more productive things than verbally and symbolically attacking an entire nations based on the actions of one person.
    Now this will only increase the negative perceptions about Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Pakistan among the Americans (who, by the way, are the largest aid donors to all these countries; much more than Saudi Arabia, the thakedaar of Islam), and nothing good will come out of this fiasco.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Typical anti American blather. It apparently doesn’t matter that the US govt has nothing to do with the production of this film, doesn’t matter that the US Constitution prevents the govt from doing anything other than condemning the film. What matters is that Muslims have been offended and that you think you deserve special treatment — well here’s a heads up – your just a small part of a big World and the rest of us don’t have to treat you any differently than anyone else. Grow up — no one forces you to use the Internet.

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  • ...
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Why do these insane film makers make the films if they know people will die as a result? And why do these protesters not realize that the film was produced privately, that the US government had nothing to do with it, and thus to demand an apology from the government and an expulsion of the Ambassador because of the actions of one of America’s 300 million is nothing short of completely absurd?Recommend

  • Umer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Is it Friday already?

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  • Umer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:00PM

    @ali:

    We muslims can sacrifice our lives for our religion and honor of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).

    Actually you are sacrificing others like poor innocent Christians in the name of prophet not yourself. The moment you have to sacrifice yourself I think you will lose all interest in such affairs.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:02PM

    @Noor:
    “Petty Issue”
    Its not about the Veena Malik FYI….

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  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:03PM

    No need for Sophisticated wars and puppet Bin Ladens to harm the muslim world. Do a dozen films like this one and the Muslim nations will destroy themselves on their own.

    The day we understand that destroying property gets us now where but infact we should lodge our protest loud and clear using polite but firm words and measured but determined non violent actions at a global scale through people who know how to talk decently. Can’t even get the Muslim nations to unite and raise their voice as one against this highly condemnable and pity act?! Shame on them, shame on us.

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  • Business Student
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:05PM

    I read the whole report and I didn’t find the name of the film maker or the name of his movie, I had to go on a search online to get the details. Please make your reports better, a journalist is supposed to provide the things going on as is with no addition of their own, you managed to do that but left out major details and that actually bugs me as a regular reader of your online paper.

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  • saad
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:08PM

    What does the US embassy have to do with one random person’s uploaded video?…BTW… Nice to see equal representation between male and female in the protests.

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Peaceful demonstration…Please boycott USA, Germany, UK, Norway & Denmark prodcuts…

    instead replace them with chinese or korean products.

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  • Diogenes
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Some North Indian Hindus think the cow is holy. Muslims kill and eat cows. Would any Muslim who likes to eat beef consider giving up beef because it hurts the sentiments of Hindus?

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:14PM

    This is a crudely made amateur video with many historical distortions and pejoratives against the Prophet (PBUH). The sole purpose of the movie is to provoke Muslims around the world. One does not have to be Henry Kissinger to figure out that such a movie cannot serve the U.S. interests and would hurt the efforts the civilized world has made in the war on terror. The movie would also endanger the lives of innocent Westerners who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The U.S. or the West cannot be the conspirators here, as they have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Maybe, this is a high time that the social media should develop an internal code of conduct within the framework of freedom of speech along the lines of the law against the Holocaust denial.

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  • true pakistani
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:16PM

    in protest against usa pakistani americans must leave usa!!!

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  • G. Din
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @ali:
    @Ayesha:
    “Enough is Enough…Why these Israelis and Americans always have to such things which they know can enrage Muslims…It’s high time we boycott these so called friends..”
    Get your facts straight before rushing to print.
    The man who did this is an Egyptian Coptic Christian -neither Israeli nor American. Yes, go ahead, get enraged and boycott the world.
    Or, if you have any sense at all, take a large gulp and swallow it, because this is not going to stop now.

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  • s
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:21PM

    We need more and mroe protests. I am disapointed that PTI is nto arranging protest.

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  • Pakistani Pashtoon
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:24PM

    thats a shameful act,, there should be religious harmony and peace in the world and all these terrorists needs to be flushed out

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  • Aryabhat
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:24PM

    This film is said to have come out in July and no one knew about it.

    Now I know about it and got curious and watched its trailor. This film would not last for 15 minutes on its own – it is completely useless. Now with this all hoobla hoo, many people will get curious like me and watch it. So in reality all this protests helps spread this film!

    Also the protests are done in Muslim countries, destryoing public property, Does the violence in protests help Islam or Muslims?

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  • John B
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Last time a group of radicals in 1970s held US embassy hostage in a country. That country is still in trouble.

    This time when the ambassador is killed, the US war ships are in the shores of Libya overnight and the guys are caught and they will be in US soon to stand trial.

    Conclusion is, stay away from the embassy and go home and play with your children.

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  • Aryabhat
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:28PM

    @ Ayesha, WHO has stopped you to cut off relations with USA?

    There are in fact some trail blazzers in this line of action – Cuba, Iran, North Korea……

    As for Israel, Pakistan does not have relation with it anyway! So how do you break off relations or boycott them?

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  • Asad
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Whole Muslim world is protesting every day for the last 4 days, but Pakistanis are silent because media is not reporting this issue. And those who think are too liberal and genius dont know that only 5 are killed and all of them were not INNOCENT americans.Recommend

  • Babar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Wasting everybody’s time on a useless, lowest budget, hitherto unnoticed movie. Recommend

  • Amira
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:32PM

    @ali:
    Why don’t you rather sacrifice your life (and channel your energy) for the betterment of Pakistan? The, as you call them, “Enemies of Islam” can only provoke because there are enough people who let themselves be provoked. And you know just as well that the Muslim countries will never unite because there is so much ideological difference between them. Just look at Pakistan where Muslims are killing each other on almost a daily basis because of ideological differences!
    And look at who is taking to the streets: young people, because they don’t have a proper education and no perspective in life, religious parties, because this is their raison d’être, some lawyers, who even support a self-confessed killer. What a crowd!!!! Do you see any normal, sensible people amongst them?
    I get mad at the kneejerk reactions which come everytime, like: boycott the West (where would you be without it and why are so many Muslims so eager to go there?), teach them a lesson (which lesson?), etc. etc. Get a life and stop hijacking my religion!

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  • MonsieurCritique
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Some people can’t live with freedom of speech.
    Protest is your right Muslims, don’t destroy public property though, or cause the loss of innocent life.

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  • Mj
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:40PM

    ‘None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free’

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Zafar:

    We need to go back to early days when
    Islam was most cultured and civilized
    in the whole world.

    When exactly in the history was that time period?

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  • Sep 14, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Protesting in a peaceful manner is a right of every citizen of the world. However, while protesting we should bear in mind the aim of the movie maker / director / sponsors. Known to be easily irked and drawn into a state of civil war, the aim of the movie could be nothing but to spark protests (and hope that they will turn violent as they did in Libya) by Muslims. Of course there is no informative dimension of the film. Hence, by making our protests violent we end up playing in the hands of the ‘enemy’.

    We also need to understand that in a modern nation-state model, citizens are a separate entity from the state and they have a contract between them. Under that contract the state is obligated to provide security to its citizens and citizen are obligated, for example, to pay their taxes. However, the state does not control the actions of its citizens if they act within the law. Whether we agree with the American (or Western) laws on freedom of expression and speech is our choice. However, we cannot expect that any country would change its laws for us. Also, no country shall expect us to change our laws for them either. As a human rights activist, I do not accept that America should go around the world dictating human rights and democracy (particularly because it does so selectively). We need human rights and democracy for ourselves and because they are good for us. Though boycotting trade and suspending other relations is an option open for states when dealing with states. Muslim-dominated countries can choose this option though they should keep in mind the consequences. Unfortunately, the rule of the game is that to make demands on others, you need to be a lion among the comity of nations. And this is the war of economy and bread is the weapon.

    You can follow me at http://www.facebook.com/zaakbaarlaw

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  • G. Din
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:02PM

    @Aryabhat:
    “…So in reality all this protests helps spread this film!…”
    That is good, isn’t it? Listening to another opinion, even which may be unpleasant to hear, is good, makes one wiser. Even if it doesn’t make one wiser, at least one knows that such an opinion exists. How are those rabble-rousers going to control thinking of 4/5ths of humanity whose opinion about Islam is not much different than the one depicted in this film?
    This is a trailer that has caused so much feigned furor because it was translated into Arabic. The original full length feature film was screened in a Hollywood theater months ago. Not more than 10 people saw it then.

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  • zeeshan sheikh
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:11PM

    All liberal who are offended by this protest , they just meet me and say this infront of me . I swear!

    they attack our countries , then they kill our men, women and children. then they humiliate us, then they abuse our religion and then you call them civilized and call us barbaric and then you ask to live with it. yeah keep fooling yourselves

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  • Truth Bites
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:17PM

    It became fashion to insult Islam and Muslims! peaceful protest is way to go! They all knew about the reaction but still want to do it, makes you think why? What they want out of it as results of this? prevoke them, recruit more extermist, use them! then take revenge from whole Muslim world!

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  • Raw is War
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:21PM

    and what will you achieve?

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  • Toba Alu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:27PM

    Peaceful protests are great, violent protests expose their coffee bean sized brains and sheepish behavior. I did not know that so many Muslims are on-line. Great, progress is being made.

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  • Hamid
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:29PM

    What is shown and said in “Innocence of Muslims” are absolutely correct & true! I am a Muslim living in America.I am proud to be american Muslim.

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  • Sep 14, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Anybody can make a movie with one thousand Pakistani rupees and upload into youtube. Then Pakistan society crumble with protests, firings, roadside dances etc. The religious, of course terrorist leaders and the media like The Nation, are always there to provoke people. One thing is clear, this movie has saved many people on this Friday because terrorists could not venture out and mix with angry citizens.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Pakistan’s ethic-less media has finally succeeded in creating a law and order situation throughout the country. The movie was largely unknown in Pakistan until all television channels who never saw it fit to do a single program about the Arab Spring or Europe’s economic turmoil started giving 24/7 coverage to it.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:46PM

    The queue outside the US embassy in Islamabad has not shortened one bit.

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  • Its (still) the EconomyStupid
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Respect for religion is earned and not demanded.

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  • Mj
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @Truth Bites:
    Check the frontpage of theonion.com. Other religions do get made fun of, quite regularly I might add. It’s just that members of other religion take criticism and ridicule in a much mature manner.

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  • pathetic fundamentalists
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:57PM

    look at them , they have so much free time in their disposal. instead of working on a weekday (friday) they are out protesting against a film that was never released in Pakistan. Pathetic ..

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  • Iffat Hasnain
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Blaming a whole nation for an evil act of one person or even for a small group of people I am sure is not very Islamic,not fair.Critism should be on the producer/writer,not USA.
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  • An Observer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Ayesha: Dumb comment. “Why these Israelis and Americans always have to such things…” You talk like there is one person named “Israelis” and another named “Americans”. How do you feel when the world considers the acts of a few Pakistanis as representative of everyone who lives there? So I say, “Why these Pakistanis and Muslims always have to do such things…”

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  • An Observer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @Sadaf Badar: Well said.

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  • An Observer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @ali:
    Another dumb comment. “… boycott the responsible countries…” Individuals were responsible for this stupid act, not a country or countries. It may be hard to imagine living in the “Land of the Pure”, but a lot happens in Pakistan that others find very offensive. Should those offended attack Pakistani embassies and kill the occupants? If you represent the enlightened path of Islam, then God help us!

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  • An Observer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @Jihad Bil-Qalam:
    Good comment, well said.

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  • Amira
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:20PM

    @zeeshan sheikh:
    OK, where can we meet?

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  • Naseer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Why America apologize, what America or Israel has to do with this movie?

    This movie is made by an Egyptian American so why we are not protesting against Egypt?

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  • An Observer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:27PM

    @Truth Bites:
    I do not know the answer to your question, “They all knew about the reaction but still want to do it, makes you think why?”, since the people who made the film have not talked of their motives. On the other hand, reading your comment made me think of a child I watched poking an ant hill with a stick. He was entertained by the scurrying of the ants; and when they started to bother him he brushed them off and left leaving the ant hill in a frenzy. If it were not for the money involved in making the film, I would be tempted to think it was no more than that – someone with a childish view of the world trying to stir up trouble just to watch what happened. There are arsonists who are motivated the same way.

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  • Midhat
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:33PM

    There are peaceful and civilized ways to protest. We could have let the world know that the movie was in extremely badtaste and offensive in better ways. The only message that goes out now is that we are intolerent/uncivilized emotional fools. Too bad that these violent reactions are so loud that all sane civilized protests get downplayed and unnoticed.

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  • antanu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:34PM

    @Noor:
    ihe issue might be PETTY for you…but not for muslims across the world. It is also surprising that muslims though called intolerant and aggressive never utter a disrespectful word against vchrist or mosses or for any other religious icons.One wonders who is more civilized….those who leave no chance to insult the muslim prophet or those who are full of respect for others religious figures.Recommend

  • Indian Catholic
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: When exactly in the history was that time period?
    .
    Believe it or not, there actually was such a time period. This happened during the dark ages in Europe when we in India were also relatively cocooned from the rest of the world. One of the factors for the European Renaissance is the modernization that happened under Islam that gave birth to numerous scientific developments such as algebra, modern healthcare, etc. What you see of Europe right now owes some measure to that era.
    .
    One of the major reasons for this modernization was the confluence of ideas and information during the annual Hajj. This was a time when people from different parts of the world would exchange ideas and then some would embark to other destinations such as the library in Babylon. Many Indian discoveries such as the Hindu numerals, zero, Fibonacci numbers, approximation of Pi, Bhaskara’s sine table also went out this way. At that time, Islam believed in equality and was open to new ideas. The qibla (position of the mosque in Mecca) was rectified many times as new discoveries were made and all the followers followed.
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    The strangest thing is that Islam has now regressed to Christianity in Europe during the dark ages, similar to how the Catholic Church was adamant at that time in believing that the earth is flat.

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  • antanu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @LionOfPunjab:
    dont be ridiculous…..the movie must has been passed by US censor board…why did it allow its release?Recommend

  • antanu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:39PM

    @Nazeer Ahmed:
    why blame only pakistani society? egypt..libya..yemen …indonesia were all erupted.Recommend

  • antanu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:41PM

    @Hamid:
    no you are not a muslim…dont become a laughing stock by supporting the movie contents which are being criticized by non muslins also.Recommend

  • antanu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:44PM

    @Raw is War:
    go through the latest news….the producer is indeed a Jew who made the movie at a budget of 5 million dolkars all collected from 100 jews.Recommend

  • antanu
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @LionOfPunjab:
    well enlighten yourself….movie was passed by US censor board.Recommend

  • qzj00
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:49PM

    @zeeshan sheikh:
    Regardless whether these protests offend the liberals or not, can you gve me one example over the last 100 years where a protest of this kind brought any positive outcome for Islam or Muslims?

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  • Midhat
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:54PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    Stop the hateful rant please. This is exactly how you offend! There are better tasteful ways to disagree but you chose to continously target and insult my faith! That, my brother is enraging. ( I would chose to be patient however and not counter attack your religion)

    Violent actions of the mob dont speak for any religions themselves. The violent mob in Gujrat killed hundreds of muslims – Hindusim isnt to be blamed for that. Hitler killed jews- We dont blame christianity!

    Blasphemy is the highest offense you can commit towards a muslim, Yet Islamic laws donot support any roiting, violence as reactions etc. The Scholors have already termed the violent reaction as UnIslamic! Please spare me you judgement and generlization

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  • asim
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:55PM

    The governace of the ruling elite is totally against the teachings of the prophet moreover they are convicted and criminals holding top positions. When the people gone march against them?

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  • Vikram
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @true pakistani: “in protest against usa pakistani americans must leave usa!!!”

    and never come back. When is Pakistani going to be a truly Islam country?

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Now more and more people in different parts of the world and I am sure that they will be well exposed to the line of criticism taken by the film maker and most of them will develop sympathy towards him . That means he will achieve his objectives .

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  • Sep 14, 2012 - 9:13PM

    please dont burn american flags…………..they give you billions of dollars as aid to your poor economy…if you want to protest, first throw back to them the aid money received from them .

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:16PM

    @antanu: ” … go through the latest news….the producer is indeed a Jew who made the movie at a budget of 5 million dolkars all collected from 100 jews.… “

    More like Egyptian Coptic Christian.

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  • Hassam Tahir
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:35PM

    They threaten to burn our sacred book, we burn their scared flag.

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  • ashok
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Information technology has changed the world for ever. Thsis is the age of knowledge, not delusional thinking. I will urge my Muslim friends to learn ot live with the internet and criticism.

    Criticism brings the best or worst (choice is yours) out of an individual. You cannot fool with glorified version of any ideology or religion. Christains, jews, Buddhists and Hindus all to some extent have evolved. Sikhism is on its way to live peacefully with others. It is time for self-reflection and introception.

    I do not believe violence and intolerance is in the DNA of Muslims. There are many Muslims who are peaceful and tolerant but they are silent in front of extremists and fanatics in their own religion.

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  • An Observer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:43PM

    @Truth Bites:
    I read the linked article after my earlier comment. Think it is worth pondering regarding who and why.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/09/201291464128859414.html

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  • unbeliever
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:48PM

    antanu is on fire today.

    keep it up…….

    however, the movie as i said earlier was in ghastly bad taste, and was made for cheap reaction from public….and, sadly got it too.

    another better way, is to make a counter movie, depicting the vile jews…..or, is that just too much in vogue already.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:58PM

    What happened to the concept of eye for an eye? When did this turn into movie for life of Human being (Ambassador)?

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Kohistan girls dancing on you tube=Death of innocent (girls)
    Movie insensitivity –trailer on you tube=Death of innocent (ambassador)
    Who’s fault is it?

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:21PM

    OBL on social media = welcome news
    Kohistan girls dancing in family wedding on social media= death of innocents
    Messages on Social media= Arab Spring
    Innocence of m on social media= death of innocents
    Death of Americans in Libya= for inventing Social media?
    Ambassador’s fault= Guilty by association?
    Is Flintstone running for President in Nov 2012 (stone age)?

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  • 1984
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:39PM

    @antanu:
    @Hamid:
    no you are not a muslim

    If you are trying to pass yourself as a Hindu Indian…then someone else will try to pass as a Muslim Pakistani…

    I dont know why you’re annoyed by him,when he actually was inspired by you….Hypocrisy???

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  • sunil bhalla
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:06PM

    In America and west they dont spare even jesus and Hindu Gods. Some times they insult hindu GODS in video games and sometimes by printing them on under garments and toilet seats. Hindu organizations like American hindu foundation and many other in europe have great record of wining battles against such people and companies in courts. Because of this route, they are forced to apologize to billion + hindu community openly and dont become heros and famous which is their aim. Because their aim is not achieved they are discouraged to do this again with hindus.

    We can defeat such crap forces only through peaceful ways of demonstration and fight. Please dont become toys in their hands by reacting in an emotional way. Muslims in many countries are reacting in the same way the makers of this crap movie wanted.

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  • saad
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:32PM

    Faith clouds your judgement and compromises your logic.

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  • gp65
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:58PM

    @antanu: “@LionOfPunjab:
    dont be ridiculous…..the movie must has been passed by US censor board…why did it allow its release?”

    Are you for real? This movie was uploaded on you tube. No censor certificate is required for uploading movies to you-tube. In any case First Amendment allows freedom of speech and there is plenty of material that pokes fun at different religion in different media channels in US. None of it is illegal.

    Peaceful prtests when one sentiments are hurt is fine. Murderous violence, not so much.

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  • M.Amjad
    Sep 15, 2012 - 12:38AM

    The delimma is that the writers ,cartoonists and filmmakers are targeting islam to get offensive responses of Muslim Ummah and their methodology is quite successful as we are doing .Its regretful that we are not united like one body otherwise ,we were able to get the status of most civilised and peaceful people of the wosld as islam teaches …..but its also the fact that above zw0 percent of the world media is in the hands of jews who are the biggest enemies of islam..Recommend

  • Domlurian
    Sep 15, 2012 - 12:38AM

    @Zafar “go back to early days when Islam was most cultured and civilized in the whole world”
    Who are you kidding buddy?

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  • gp65
    Sep 15, 2012 - 2:46AM

    @M.Amjad: “The delimma is that the writers ,cartoonists and filmmakers are targeting islam to get offensive responses of Muslim Ummah and their methodology is quite successful as we are doing …..but its also the fact that above zw0 percent of the world media is in the hands of jews who are the biggest enemies of islam..”

    The cartoonists make fun not just of Islamic symbols but also symbols of other religions and countries. Just a couple of days back an Indian journalist had drawn cartoons about Indian national symbols and was arrested for that. The whole civil society and Head of Press council supported hin and he is free now. This does not mean no one was offended. Tolerance is not about agreeing with what other people say but about expressing dissent through non-violent means.

    Also not sure why you are dragging jews into this whole thing. Neither the person who made the Danish cartoons nor the person who made this movie were Jews or Israelis. One was a Danish citizen the other was an American Coptic Christina of Egyptian descent.

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  • Zeta
    Sep 15, 2012 - 2:59AM

    @Raw is War:
    Those who made the movie are israeli jews. Stop acting like you dont know it. Go google it

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  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 15, 2012 - 6:00AM

    I wonder how many of the above commenters have even seen the FILM in question, and as such would be in position to have an opinion based on that!

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  • paki
    Sep 15, 2012 - 7:33AM

    @John B:
    total white anglo english population in the world is only 3.9 % of the world population. the median age of white anglo english is 42 years and one third of white anglo english is over 67 years of , just wait jhon b things will take completely different turn.

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  • Brahma
    Sep 15, 2012 - 7:39AM

    Antanu and Zeta
    I cannot beleive how ill informed you both are. There is an investigation going on presently as to the producer of this film including some actors. This was produced by an Egyption Coptic Christian living in California who was in prison for some time. Your hatred for Jews and Hindus distorts your thinking. I am a Hindu living in the United States. Just burning buildings and killing innocents like what happens in Pakistan everyday is nothing to do with Islam – but the actions of savages, I am reminded of the American Spanish Philosopher who said “fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim”.

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  • Sep 15, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Strange but true , there is no report of violent actions, in protest of the said blasphemous movie in Saudi Arabia the leader of Arab world and the origin of Islam.

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  • G. Din
    Sep 15, 2012 - 4:15PM

    @paki: to John B.
    “… just wait jhon b things will take completely different turn.”
    Are you expecting four-fifths of humanity which is non-Muslim to join you? Are you speaking with your delusional head under water or barely over it? You can’t help the empty bravado and the braggadocio. Recommend

  • An Observer
    Sep 15, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @antanu: “dont be ridiculous…..the movie must has been passed by US censor board…why did it allow its release?”

    There is no such thing as a US censor board. There is a system of ratings but that is a voluntary thing and movies do not have to be rated to be released. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MotionPictureAssociationofAmericafilmrating_system

    Besides, this was put out on the internet, not distributed to local theaters. No one in the US had ever seen it before Libya, most still have not… just as in the rest of the world.

    The US government has NOTHING to do with this. There was US government backing of the film/trailer, no government review, no government approval and likely no government knowledge that it even existed until there started to be reference to it in online posts.

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  • An Observer
    Sep 15, 2012 - 7:45PM

    @antanu: ” It is also surprising that muslims though called intolerant and aggressive never utter a disrespectful word against vchrist or mosses or for any other religious icons.” Then why is a Christian not allowed to wear a visible crucifix or carry a bible in Saudi Arabia?

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  • An Observer
    Sep 15, 2012 - 7:51PM

    @antanu: “….the producer is indeed a Jew…”
    No, a Coptic Christian from Egypt – Newer information.

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  • An Observer
    Sep 15, 2012 - 8:05PM

    @Zeta: “Those who made the movie are israeli jews. Stop acting like you dont know it. Go google it”
    Google it – like everything on the internet is THE TRUTH?
    IF that were so, the depictions in the film trailer would be equally true. Don’t think you want to go there with your argument. Oh sorry, it wasn’t a logical argument…. it was just an emotional rant… well then I guess that’s OK.
    How can truth ever stand against such a firm but wrong belief? We love our lies because they comfort us so. Reality is so much more complex and difficult.

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  • An Observer
    Sep 15, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @paki: “total white anglo english population in the world is only 3.9 % of the world population. the median age of white anglo english is 42 years and one third of white anglo english is over 67 years of , just wait jhon b things will take completely different turn.”
    So, guess we have just been warned of the coming Dark Ages II when learning and knowledge will be replaced with ignorance, and superstition. Yup, seen it happening in my lifetime. See it happening now. Not a pretty sight.

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  • Sooraj
    Sep 15, 2012 - 8:56PM

    @antanu:
    There is no movie made, it was just a clip, and it was not censored to be posted on youtube!

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  • R.I.P
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Pakistan should stop taking dollars in the form of Aid and lone from IMF at-once it would be best protest and all Muslim countries should withdraw their wealth from Western financial institutions. This will only happen if there is ………….

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  • My Name is Khan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:43AM

    Shame on the enemies of Islam who make such movies and shame on their governments that tacitly protect them and condone their actions. Its high time the muslim ummah from North Aftica, West & East Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Caspian and Far East all united and boycotted these enemies of Islam. Recommend

  • wt
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:16AM

    The US and Israel provokes us to our anger and then labels us with titles like “terrorist”. That’s equivalent to poking a tamed lion again and again and then when the lion starts to get angry, they run and gather people and have the lion caged, although the lion was innocent from the start. As Muslims our duty is to wait patiently, and Inshallah may Allah (swt)’s wrath be upon those who dare to commit such heinous acts.

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  • Rani
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:02PM

    There are more comments by indians than Pakistanis. Weird! Why do they always poke their nose in our matters? We don’t give a damn about them and they always keep coming behind us. so annoying!

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  • Bakht Brahmani
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:48PM

    all good muslims of pakistan, needs to bycott US and Europe – not to visit these countries, give up their nationalities (if any), leave their educational and and jobs… Recommend

  • Abdul Basit
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:37PM

    @Ali:
    hy man:
    if we don’t protest against such moviez than those non-muslims thought that we are fear of them,
    and as a muslim it’s our duty to protest against these moviez.
    It’s our duty to give them a lesson so that they don’t dare to do such things ever again…

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  • Abdul Basit
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:42PM

    If we don’t protest against such moviez than those non-muslims thought that we are fear of them,
    and as a muslim it’s our duty to protest against these moviez.
    It’s our duty to give them a lesson so that they don’t dare to do such things ever again…

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  • camera
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Yes as always it will help in the liberation of Kashmir and the materials used in the construction of Property are in fact produced on the principles discovered by the americans and europeans. So yes it does help a lot. How else would have these people spend their useless time@Aryabhat:

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  • Shaban Butt
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:24PM

    We people should calm down…Calm down. Fight with your brain rather then your heart.

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  • camera
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:30PM

    A very sensible reply. i hope more people think that way@Amira:

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  • Shaban Butt
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:32PM

    @ Hamid… I know who you are very well..

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 18, 2012 - 11:38AM

    @Indian Catholic:
    Slavery, plundering, holding people for ransom, unilateral declaration of wars, harassment of people who follow a different regions and forcible religious conversions implemented as a matter of government policy always counts as signs of uncivilized people in my book.
    So, pray enlighten us as to the exact years in history these practices weren’t extant in Islamic world.

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  • Aleem
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:48PM

    Look guys if u want to protest against the americans then do it but in this protest u r destroying ur own country if u really have guts and want to protest then ban pepsi coca cola lays and other products made by americans to break their economy, go ahead do it IF U CAN!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Truth
    Sep 22, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Sacrilegious movie is open terrorism against Muslim world. The sacrilegious movie showed their low mentality and negative thinking. The blasphemous movie is propaganda against Muslims world. The purpose of this movie and such negative acts is to mislead people from Islam, they intentionally create anger in Muslim world then they play to be innocent, if Muslim speaks out or strike against any cheap/unbearable work like this sacrilegious movie then they call it freedom of expression. After this impiety they have crossed their limits we don’t give any such right of freedom of expression to anyone in this world. Who ever do such thing his head should be removed. Truth is that purpose of this movie is to heart the feelings of Muslim world. Our spirit is alive and we all Muslims love to die for our Prophet (PBUH) and for Islam, nothing such should be tolerated it is direct attack on Islam. The muslims living in all over the world should also raise their voice if they don’t then they are sincere with their interests not with islam. amrica/west can never be our friend or well-wisher . Regardless of results all Muslims should completely boycott amrca france etc and should be united.

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  • Azhar Ali Khokhar
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Dear all respectable friends , i really appreciate the comments and ideas , u people have shared here . some are relevant others are not , but none of friend shared a perfect and most influence way of protest . we Muslims can not achieve our demands by burring foreigner office , killing foreign delegation or create violence like situation in our own countries. The best way of protest is rather *” Social boycott “* , we Muslims should avoid consume each and every thing which belongs to America and Israel . i think in this way they know the power of Muslims
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  • Diogenes
    Sep 28, 2012 - 12:13PM

    By criticising and ridiculing Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, you are committing blasphemy against the Ahmedi faith. Would those in Pakistani protesting against the film stop criticising the Ahmedi faith?

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