Anti-Islam film: Amid protests, Rs10 million bounty offered for filmmaker

Published: September 16, 2012

Protesters shout slogans during a rally against an anti-Islam movie in Peshawar on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: 

Vociferous protests against the anti-Islam movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ continued in Peshawar on Saturday.

Jamiat Ittehadul Ulema (JIU) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter President Abdul Akbar Chitrali declared a bounty worth Rs10 million on the head of the film’s producer. Addressing a rally at Ring Road, he urged the government to expel the US ambassador to Pakistan if the US does not impose a ban on the film.

Meanwhile, religious parties, Christian minority groups, traders and civil society members staged protests condemning the movie that has been deemed offensive by the West and the Muslim world alike. They rebuked the filmmaker for hurting the sentiments of Muslims and sabotaging interfaith harmony across the world.

Members of JIU accused the US and Israel of conspiring against Islam and portraying Muslims as terrorists and extremists. They also set fire to American and Israeli flags.

Local traders, under the leadership Tajir Insaf Traders Union, held a rally from Ashraf Road towards Qissa Khwani Bazaar. Vendors closed shops and participated in the rally which passed through several small markets in the city, hampering business activities for a couple of hours.

The Insaf Lawyers’ Forum (ILF), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer’s body, demanded of the federal and provincial governments to take up the issue of the film with the United Nations.

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas Student Federation (FSF) staged a demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club, as did the Christian Coordination Council (CCC), a minority representative organisation.

Shehzad Ahmad, the Peshawar District president of Shabab Milli, the youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islaami, threatened to stage a sit-in outside the American Consulate in Peshawar.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (72)

  • tj
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:02AM

    “Members of JIU accused the US and Israel of conspiring against Islam and portraying Muslims as terrorists and extremists. They also set fire to American and Israeli flags.”
    how ironic!

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:04AM

    Why is Pakistan so poor and struggling?

    Every Taimur, Danish and Haroon has millions of dollars to offer on various people’s heads!!!

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  • something to think about
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:07AM

    this movie was shown once in one theater and there were only 10 people in the entire theater. Producer and Director are some unknown people that no one really knows and for Muslims of the world to treat this movie like some big conspiracy against Islam is pathetic. However, it is even more pathetic when leader of a party is comparing this with Holocaust. When I watch talk shows on pakistani channels or articles like this in your newspapers I feel like these anchors and the so called intellectuals are living in an alternate reality. I hope Muslims of the world stop making a fool of themselves soon. They claim to be not afraid to give their lives for the honor of their prophet, but in claiming that they degrade their religion and their prophet as that honor should not be at the mercy of some unknown person putting a you tube clip about their prophet. If they think that the honor of their religion and their prophet is so fragile that it can be damaged by a child with Down’s syndrome or a third rate movie that hardly anyone in the US had heard/seen before Muslims started to engage in reprehensible violent acts. Now that they have created so much noise a lot more people are watching it and wondering how can such a low budget class less movie dishonor anyone…..

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Yahoo its time for action! Let’s go and burn some flags. BTW how many American flags do Pakistan import annually for burning purposes?

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:31AM

    And add … I am setting a factory to manufacture American flags for export purposes. I can guarantee it will be made from the best inflammable material possible. Any orders? Planning to export them to Egypt. Tunisia. Libya…discounts available.

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  • Sunny
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:38AM

    right move by the JIU to put bounty and demand government of Pakistan to extradite the US ambassador if the US government does not ban showing of the said movie which hurt feelings of Muslims across the world.
    The anti Islamic elements should know Muslims despite their general ignorance towards their religion cannot tolerate any hurting statement towards their religion or beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him).
    Beware of it.

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  • spyder
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:39AM

    How ridiculous is this. Look at all the money these parties have to throw around on assassinations. If you want to act in the name of Islam use the same money to dispel misconceptions in a constructive manner instead of playing into stereotypes created by this bigoted and hateful movie. Alternatively, you could use the money to feed the needy or educate children. Alas, logic is scarce these days

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  • sabi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Instead of glorifying the teachings of quran and sunnah to rebout the neagative immage of Islam they are exciting public to go voilant.Is this the teaching of Quran?.Quran clearly gives a guideline and that is ignore such people and shy away peacfully with such person.

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  • Sep 16, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Excellent and viva. Well done. Recommend

  • Mj
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:55AM

    Don’t they see anything wrong with putting a ‘bounty’ over the life of a living-breathing human being whose only offence is deliberate ridicule of a faith. This action further worsens the already bad reputation of Muslims as being violent among peoples of the other faiths and nations.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:22PM

    The US President condemning this anti-Islam film should put the matter to rest since it would serve no useful purpose to accuse the American govt who are not in party with the lunatic producer of this controversial film.

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  • Bill Maher
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:43PM

    A sincere question:
    Does Quran says that it OK to kill a person defaming the Prophet? Someone told me that it is the duty of a Muslim to kill such a defamer. Did not believe that.

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  • Satan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:47PM

    Why dont I see these kind of news on Dawn or anyother veteran paper?.
    ET is more like a saas-bahu drama now. There is always something interesting to read on ET or they make it up.

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  • Observer
    Sep 16, 2012 - 12:48PM

    @sabi:

    “Is this the teaching of Quran?”

    Apparently, these religious fanatics think so. Are there so wrong? You will find the truth answers if you do an independent and dispassionate research and contemplation.

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  • Yaida M
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:24PM

    One lunatic in the US does something stupid and every lunatic in Pakistan is out on the streets trying to outdo him.Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:35PM

    meanwhile, the pakistani mullahs were busy chasing the christians out of their ancestral villages and the lahore police could be found vigorously scrubbing quranic verses from ahmadi tombs and mosques…

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  • Injun
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Chances are this bounty money must be part of US aid funds

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Jamiat Ittehadul Ulema (JIU) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter President Abdul Akbar Chitrali should be charged with conspiracy to plan a murder and inciting violence. Under what section of sharia law this bounty on head was declared? How come there was no trial, no defense no pretrial submissions, no report from medical experts, no lawyer for defense or prosecution present, no declaration of guilty verdict, no plea for mercy, no presidential pardon but just sentence.Recommend

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:55PM

    I am a bounty hunter lets do the analysis for is it worth taking this business? There is guy in Pakistan with 10 million dollar bounty and he is roaming around free and bounty declared by a government. This yahoo name Chitralli does not have any money other wise he would have declared ten million dollar and not ten million rupee for bunch of people. 100 Rupee equals to one dollar. Ten million rupee = not worth me getting off my chair. My best bet is to go after the ten million dollar guy.

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:06PM

    I was reading in another article today that the Americans took Pakistan’s flag to the moon on an Apollo mission. And this is how you treat theirs?

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  • Mr. X from Bombay
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:17PM

    @sabi:
    Thats because my dear, Islam maybe religion of peace, muslims are certainly neither peaceful nor tolerant.

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  • asim
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:23PM

    @Observer:
    you may also ask how they tolerate ruling elite policies which are totally against the prophet teachings

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:50PM

    There should be big protest from Govrnment Of Pakistan also
    that will work to stop these things in futureRecommend

  • observer
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:01PM

    should,nt they be arrested and tried for inciting murder?

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  • sabi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Observer,
    “if you do an independent and dispassionate research and contemplation”
    Pardon,research over what?

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  • sabi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Mr.X from Bomby

    @sabi:
    “Thats because my dear, Islam maybe religion of peace, muslims are certainly neither peaceful nor tolerant”
    .I agree if you say some muslims.Lets be fair in our judgement

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  • Mj
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:37PM

    @sabi:
    Origins, conquests, nuptials, and the time lapsed before the ‘sayings’ were collected. That would be a good start.

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  • kanwal
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:52PM

    And these mullahs did not come out to protest the hundreds of deaths of their fellow muslims in their own country. Priorities, eh?

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Make more people watch that movie with all this noise, protests and violence.. What a band of utter idiots !

    They dont understand that the more you make a scene out of it, the more people will watch the movie to see what the fuss is all about !

    Its almost akin to helping the producer and director of the movie with free promotion to all corners of the globe.

    I mean.. It just goes to show how irrational, stupid and dumb we are !!

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  • The real Islam
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:01PM

    These so called Pakistani muslims need to ask themselves one question – how would our beloved prophet have reacted?
    Our Ulema need to realise this sooner rather then later

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  • Polpot
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:11PM

    @Tony Singh: ” I am setting a factory to manufacture American flags”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Another factory another Fire.

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  • Uljha Pakistani
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:24PM

    If one film made with just a few million dollars could kill 8 to 10 rioting muslims across the world, it’s cheaper than using drones. The film really looks like a Mossad-RAW conspiracy

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  • Glaedr
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Because there’s no better way of saving your religion’s image than murdering its critics.

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  • someone
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:48PM

    I have not seen the movie and I DONT WANT TO SEE THAT MOVIE…. period.
    I think by reacting in this manner you guys are proving that whatever has been said in that movie is true… You guys are intolerant, violent, etc…

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  • Iron hand
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Let’s be honest – no one is more pleased when movies like this come out than the fanatics who who go on anti-western rampages because they claim to be insulted. This is like Christmas morning for them – a great new tool to recruit more people and raise more money. They should reward this idiot filmmaker for furthering their cause rather than place a bounty on his head!

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  • san
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Look at their faces. DO they really looks like human.

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  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:05PM

    In other news: Maulana Fazlurehman furious after being rejected US visa, says it is a violation of his basic rights

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  • S
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Welldone KP, I wish people in other provinces have ghairat as well to register strong protests.

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  • S
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Welldone KP, I wish people in other provinces have ghairat as well to register strong protests.

    Americans are simply disgraceful

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  • asim
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @kanwal:
    Even they accept criminals as their rulers

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  • Cautious
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:08PM

    The Insaf Lawyers’ Forum (ILF), the
    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
    lawyer’s body, demanded of the federal
    and provincial governments to take up
    the issue of the film with the United
    Nations.

    Perhaps your law schools should add a basic course in International Law and while your at it maybe a primer on what the UN actually does.

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  • kaalchakra
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:09PM

    I am proud of Pakistani people. Non-Muslim hypocrisy is just sickening, and must be stopped using all means possible. Let’s create a global pool from which bounties could be offered for blasphemers everywhere.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:15PM

    @Ulijha Pakistani who writes ” The film really looks like a Mossad-RAW conspiracy”

    Yes sir. I even found RAW watermark on the film.

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  • Samuel Johnson
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:39PM

    I feel now exporting American flags to Pakistan and making some easy dollars would be a great idea :P

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  • Mulheed Murtad
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:26PM

    Saw the film. It is crap and and insult to film-making as well. But Muslims must learn to accept the fact that people will continue to insult and criticize Muhammad, the Quran and Islam. With the internet and freedom laws this is unstoppable. Muslims who do not accept this might as well sever themselves from civilization.

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  • Mulheed Murtad
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Bill Maher,
    Of course the Quran does not mention killing someone for blaspheming or apostasy. But Islam does and rarely is Islamic Sharia based on the Quran. I fail to see why you bring up the Quran in your discussions about Islam and Islamic law.

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  • LIAQAT ALI
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:33PM

    1- Voilnet protests are no good and your noises make more people to watch the film.
    2-Loss of life and property is condemnable in strogect terms.Murderers must be punished. BUT also
    3- whoever wants to defend the film must watch it but be careful, it is disgusting, utterly insulting and extremely abusive not fit for sane humans to see.
    4 I dont think any western will defend such right to free speach if made to insult thier prophets in the same fashion which is not even describable.I think most commentators on this forum are naiev and blind believers in the west .I have seen DAVINCI CODE AND SOME FUNNY MOVIES BUT NOT LIKE THIS. THIS IS EXTREME.ALSO NOBODY WILL ALLOW A HOLOCAUST DENYING MOVIE UNDER THE PRETEXT OF FREE SPEACH.

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  • Shad
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Well, as a AMERICAN I do not believe Muslims are ALL VIOLENT TERRORIST. For the most part Muslims are just ignorant. You mock our religion and our “western” way of life but we do not go ballistic and Murder your leaders in our country. Then to kill an Ambassador that was helping your Country after it was liberated? Why? It is an American freedom to express yourself how ever you want, as it is every humans but Muslims have a high, undeserved sense of entitlement. If you have anything to say to me please say it to my face. I will gladly fly anywhere in the world to meet you and we can discuss this issue.

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  • Mulheed
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:57PM

    @Ulijha
    A film with poor direction and terrible acting cannot in any way be Mossad or Raw conspiracy. Jews are known for film direction and Indians have the largest film industry.

    The real issue is why Muslims think Muhammad, Islam and Quran cannot be ridiculed

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @kaalchakra: Pool of bounty–
    Gave up on Security Council resolutions? You are an ideal follower of religion of peace.

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  • Sep 16, 2012 - 9:17PM

    @someone:
    Why you did not yet view the movie? See and appreciate the humour in the movie.

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  • ghanva
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:30PM

    this must be the filmmakers wet dream come true day.

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  • HollyCow
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:47PM

    The silly little man doesn’t understand how America works. We don’t have a totalitarian society. The US government did not make this movie. It does not have the power to ban it. Now continue with the burning and destruction.

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  • Sep 16, 2012 - 9:49PM

    Funny big mouth people. I wonder all are unemployed to waste time like this.

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  • sid rush
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:09PM

    People can vote with their wallet and computer: Google is keeping the content up since traffic is up and they want make money by selling advertising. So if all the 1.7 billion people of muslim world simple decide to : not use google product, switch email accounts, not by andriot type smart phone. Means switch microsoft and apple. simple step, if they really care then vote with these thing which every muslim controls.

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  • Sidewinder
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:15PM

    I can see many such movies coming up in future…

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  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:21PM

    well beauties

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  • Bilal
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:51AM

    Ever heard the phrase “Nip the evil in the bud”, i strongly feel that a strong resilience should be presented to such ideas so that such notions should not be promoted or cultivated, i see people are pretty concerned as to why Muslims feel humiliated and concerned or over reacted as most people say, to this cheap and ridiculous act, but the point if we don’t pose a strong stand point at initiation of such projects, we ourselves will be creating gateways for nurturing such indigenous acts of such.
    Pakistan was founded in the name of Islam, we are Islam, we live for Islam, we die for Islam.Recommend

  • hyder ali
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:36AM

    Whats wrong with the movie? Can someone tell me in what way its offensive?

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  • Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Shame on all Muslim world. Not even one Muslim person stand up when Taliban destroy Buddha
    statue in Afghanistan. Where were your interfaith. Now everyone thumping their chest. I can predict now, time is not for away when war between civilization will happen. It will be between Muslim world non-Muslim. Every single Muslim will expelled from western world.so Muslim can live in dark ages.
    Muslim & secular is like north & South/

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  • Ibnetaimur
    Sep 17, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Can anyone tell how many of the protestors have watched the movie…and how many of them know English…………or Arabic…….I have the answer…………90% of them don’t. How innocent we Muslims are.

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  • Get a life people
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @kaalchakra:
    ” Let’s create a global pool from which bounties could be offered for blasphemers everywhere.”

    You should get a medal for your intelligence. Do you know what your saying. You need some serious help (therapy). I will not be taking any of your comments seriously from now on and would encourage others also not to. Hopefully ET moderators let my comment go through. If you dont like someones views and they hurt your feelings, start an organization that funds killing these people. You seem quite certain that you will find contract killers for this (Im probably with you on this). You really are a genius.

    Bravo. So much for a religion of peace. Lets see people come out on the street and show it. Not one leader from the muslim world has the guts to come out and speak and say what these protesters are doing is wrong and not islam. All we find is apolagists saying how the sentiments of muslims have been hurt and then we wonder why the rest of the world thinks muslims are violent and islam is not a religion of peace.

    Alot of introspection is required in the muslim world but people are too busy furthering their own agenda to actually be concerned about the disintegration of basic morals in society.Recommend

  • dullu
    Sep 17, 2012 - 8:54PM

    @Tony Singh:
    All said and done with all the noble feelings of all, it is a good lesson for US and citizens of US for their generosity in helping the venemous poor countries

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  • dullu
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:15PM

    @HollyCow:
    The sentence is not complete let me complete—Continue burning and destruction of your own property, your uprooting of electrical posts and power generating stations also …Recommend

  • dullu
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:21PM

    @Singh:
    This is not from Singh It is a prophets prediction which will come true

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  • Shuff
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:53PM

    It is obvious that the Quran prescribes death for blasphemy

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  • Jibran
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:15AM

    Muslims so-called religious cum political leaders must stop making fool out ignorant pak people.it is a nothing movie which has no worth not even in the US but these bigots have made it an issue. there are hundreds of clips and short movies religiously attacking muslims and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). the people of Pak and Muslims elsewhere need to understand such things can not be stopped in the digital world where every single human being who access to the internet can upload and download anything S/he wants to. The religious parties have turn the no-issue into their favor by appealing to the mass sentiments of common people who follow them without thinking and asking questions.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:13AM

    @Tony Singh:

    I was reading in another article today
    that the Americans took Pakistan’s
    flag to the moon on an Apollo mission.
    And this is how you treat theirs?

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  • mahmood
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:34PM

    we need to be united against this dangerous attack on Muslims n protest aiming to surrender tht person as Afiya Siddiqui was surrender to them and give him punishment as per there own law as these people called them so human friendly.

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  • mahmood
    Sep 18, 2012 - 3:48PM

    @something to think about:

    Its not about tht movie is of low class or never been recognized but matter is u all Knows that we have very close association with our prophit and there character was recognized internationally by top THE LINE of 100 more inspiring personalities by the american research scholars.We as a follower can be of bad character but our Ideals are of 100% right with there act/action in practics.

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    Yes that is true and yet this is how they treat US flag in Pakistan! Yet it is to the credit of USA that they do not react to such provocations. Hope some tolerance is rubbed off on these flag burning morons.

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  • who cares
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:16AM

    I just hope no one ever directly insults the Quran or Muhammad in a way that isn’t as stupid as that video. If something as stupid as “Innocence of Muslims” or whatever can cause this then wow.

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