1 killed, 11 injured during protests against anti-Islam film in Karachi

Published: September 16, 2012

KARACHI: One person was killed and atleast 11 injured in protests across the city against an anti-Islam film released in the US, Express News reported late Sunday night.

During the day, protests organised by the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) outside the American consulate in the city and at Numaish Chowrangi met with resistance from the police, who had resorted to using teargas, water cannons and aerial firing to disperse the rally.

The MWM ended its sit-in at Numaish late Sunday night, after their arrested members were released by the police, however vowed to continue their protest until the US banned the film and issued a formal apology.

They also announced to observe three days mourning in response to the death of an activist during the protest.

At the end of the rampage, four police mobiles had been burnt as well as a petrol pump near Numaish.

End of live updates

11:45pm:

MWM have ended their sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi after the release of their arrested members.
The group has vowed to continue their protest against the film, until the US issues an apology and bans it.

Atleast 11 protestors were confirmed injured, while four mobile police vans were burnt in the city. A petrol pump near Numaish Chowrangi was also set alight and damaged.

10:45pm:

Shia Ulema Council Pakistan (SUCP) has also announced to observe three days of mourning against the police action on the rally. They have demanded an impartial inquiry in the incident.

10:30pm:

City police chief Iqbal Mehmood told AFP at least 20 people have been arrested.

Richard Silver, a spokesman for the US consulate, said there had been no damage or injury to any personnel at the mission.

10:15pm:

According to Express News correspondent Naeem Khanzada, the protesters are still present at the Numaish Chowrangi.

The MWM leaders have demanded the authorities to take notice of the use of force against their rally.

9:12pm:

A police car and a petrol pump was set on fire in the Gurumandir area by unknown persons.

In total, four police vans have been destroyed during the protest.

The protesters, including women and children, are still present at the Numaish Chowrangi.

8:40pm:

According to MWM general secretary, around 19 people were injured during the protest.

8:25pm:

The MWM has announced to observe three days of mourning against the police action towards their rally.

According to Express News, the vehicles torched by the protesters were police cars.

7:55pm:

The protesters have reached the Numaish Chowrangi and are protesting against the film.

The MWM leaders will hold a press conference at 09:30pm to announce their future course of action.

The protesters have burnt two cars on the MA Jinnah Road.

Police have arrested six people in relation to the protests.

7:38pm:

According to Express News correspondent Naeem Khanzada, the protest outside the US consulate has ended and the protesters are now headed towards the Numaish Chowrangi.

7:09pm:

The MWM leaders have asked the protesters to immediately end the protest outside the consulate and instead stage a sit-in near the Numaish Chowrangi.

The decision has been taken after negotiations between the MWM leaders and the administration.

The MWM will decide on future course of action during the sit-in.

7:03pm:

According to Express News, one protester was killed while several got injured due to aerial-firing by police.

6:57pm:

MWM leaders have asked the protesters to stay non-violent and move back. Most of the protesters have moved back.

Few protesters are still present outside the consulate and protesting against the anti-Islam film.

Few protesters have set a police check post on fire.  No fire brigade has reached the area to put out the fire.

6:47pm: 

The protesters have started gathering in front of the US consulate’s main gate.

More protesters from a nearby area have joined the rally.

6:42pm:

According to MWM General Secretary, around eight protesters have been injured.

Protesters have moved back but have refused to end protest.

6:35pm: 

Protesters are throwing stones at the security officials.

Three people have been injured due to the clash between the protesters and police personnel.

The injured have been shifted to a local hospital.

6:33pm:

Thousands of protesters are marching towards the US consulate to register their protest against the film.

The rally, which has reportedly reached very close to the consulate, was stopped at three different points for negotiations.

Religious parties, Christian minority groups, traders and civil society members have staged protests across Pakistan 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.

Reader Comments (109)

  • Nadir
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Ah violence! Always a great way to celebrate the patience, compassion and forgiveness of the Prophet.

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  • FU
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:34PM

    I will see a increase in drone strikes all across Pakistan if they try to replicate the embassy attack like in Libya.

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  • Sep 16, 2012 - 6:35PM

    No political party condemned this movie and didnt protested before US, this shows how much they have become their slaves

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:39PM

    This mob looks exactly like the mob in the film. So what are they protesting against, again?

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  • Chopper
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:41PM

    @FU, maybe in your dreams

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  • news caster
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:42PM

    US is the main root of evil. why it does such type of shameful acts.

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  • Sep 16, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Want to start riots and burn property in Pakistan??
    Very easy, just make a two minutes crappy video which offends them, upload it on youtube and they will do the rest.

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  • Sep 16, 2012 - 6:52PM

    What is this new “Majlis” i.e. MWM?
    There was once an MMA. Is this a recap or what?
    Anybody please clarify

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  • Imran
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Why they do aerial firing? Why not use rubber bullets, water cannon? There are effective ways for crowd control. Everyone in the mob knows aerial firing hurts no one, so why care.

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  • Yaida M
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:53PM

    One lunatic draws out a million lunatics. So, is that imbecile who made the film the judge of what Islam is? If that is not the case, why are people reacting to it?

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  • lutfullah
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @FU:
    we welcome u s attack

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  • sanwal
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:56PM

    I am a liberal fascist but when it comes to respect of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) i will burn this earth to ashes.

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  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:56PM

    not a second too late.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:58PM

    I wouldn’t advise storming the USA embassy — a USA Ambassador has already been killed and the USA is justifiably going to take a more aggressive posture.

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  • Nizam
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:58PM

    It was made by Egyptians. Why not protest the Egyptian Embassy?

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  • Noor
    Sep 16, 2012 - 6:58PM

    MWM has a political agenda. They are cashing on this controversy after strengthening their basis by capitalizing on the shia killings

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  • ST2TA
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:03PM

    this movie was shown once in one theater and there were only 10 people in the entire theater. I repeat, only 10 people in the entire US had seen this movie! For a Pakistani leader, of a party that claims that it will win by a Tsunami in the coming elections, to compare this with Holocaust is simply dumb and pathetic. When I watch talk shows on pakistani channels or Muslim reaction in the world I feel like these people are living in an alternate reality. They claim to be not afraid to give their lives for the honor of their prophet, like killing yourself or others is such a big deal, its not that difficult to be violent, it is much more difficult to be a better human being who helps others than to kill them. It does not reflect well on their religion 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 all over the world .

    West needs to show these Muslims a mirror instead of being soft and apologizing for having lost their nationals who had nothing to do with this joke of a movie.

    By the way, when Idiots call for an international blasphemy law they need to see what is in their school books about the Hindu religion, or the Ahmadi religion, in fact Pakistani dont even give Ahmadis right to live.

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  • kilo tiger
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:05PM

    instead of throwing stones, burning flags vehicle our MWM brothers should slap their own or each others face red. This will be more effective way of protest and the whole world will take note

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  • ST2TA
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @Cautious:
    with History of having hidden Osama for years and if something bad happens at the consulate, I can tell you the pressure on the spineless administration of Obama would be too much for him not to grow a spine and retaliate in a very aggressive way otherwise like Carter he will lose to Romney in a big way in the coming election.

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  • Rizwan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:10PM

    @ sanwal

    Allah is super powerful why does he need a miserable human being to defend him. I do not get it. Allah need no help he care of himself. Please explain what is wrong with my reasoning.

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  • PK guy
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Ah .. I was wandering how the Pakis are late in joining the protests this time. The Pakistani circus continues….

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:14PM

    A better response would have been to make not one, but one hundred anti-Christian films. The problem is, that wouldn’t have drawn anything from the west, and wouldn’t have given instant gratification to the mullahs.

    In the end, do the cost benefit analysis to see who lost and who won. It is so idiotic to kill your own people and destroy your own property regardless of the cause! That is not a good response the way I see it.

    There are tens of thousands of amatures in the US who make short movies on God knows how many topics. One of those unknown idiot shook the peace-loving intelligent muslim world! How would an outsider view this?

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  • Samiah Siddiqi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:14PM

    I don’t believe that the people are over-reacting…the whole film thing seems quite well-thought out. The American authorities could have stopped the release of this film knowing the Muslims’ past reaction to such incidents. They could have been just as considerate towards the Muslims as they are for Israelis. (They literally lash out at any country that makes an anti-Israeli comment). Why did they even let the film screen in LA and let the trailors out on the internet in the first place? Freedom of Expression? Perhaps. But then, only Israelis have hearts beating under their chests…

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  • Human
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:16PM

    @FU:
    The current government will not let any harm come near the US Embassy in Pakistan, don’t worry about that. Our government has weakened the people to do anything of this sort.

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  • Samiah Siddiqi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:19PM

    I don’t believe that the people are over-reacting…the whole film thing seems quite well-thought out. The American authorities could have stopped the release of this film knowing the Muslims’ past reaction to such incidents. They could have been just as considerate towards the Muslims as they are for Israelis. (They literally lash out at any country that makes an anti-Israeli comment). Why did they even let the film screen in LA and let the trailors out on the internet in the first place? Freedom of Expression? Perhaps. But then, only Israelis have hearts beating under their chests…Recommend

  • Lazy
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:24PM

    Shame on fanatics of ISO and MWM, they are no less than Taliban.

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  • Samuel Johnson
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:28PM

    I have not figured out why Arab world is so much provoked over just a stupid movie made by some one. As an American, all i can say is that to offend another religion is disgraceful & shameful. To be easily offended is poor self esteem & lack of faith. There is no pint in harming you own people and properties, where as the people who might have done that is enjoying in his drawing rooms and watching it on TV. All i feelis that if you retaliate hurt with hurt both lose, and if Muslims people stop reacting , soon you would find that such things will stop from happenings against Islam

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  • Faheem Khan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:29PM

    destruction of self will not be of any use. We should work in a sober way with out loss of Pakistani lives or property. Think about it!

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  • ST2TA
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:33PM

    I did not realize how easy it is to unmask the violent character of so many Muslims around the world. I saw that even in Australia a fanatic assaulted a cop while trying to access the US consulate. I will not be surprised that soon west will stop giving citizenship to any Muslim and that would be a bad day for all the sane people who belong to this faith yet not share the violent beliefs

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  • Anwer Chughtai
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @Yaida M:

    Very well said.

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Kindly boycott all USA, Denmark & Germany products.instead replace them with korean or chinese products.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @Samiah Siddiqi

    The American authorities could have
    stopped the release of this film
    knowing the Muslims’ past reaction to
    such incidents. They could have been
    just as considerate towards the
    Muslims as they are for Israelis.

    Rubbish. The US Constitution prohibits the govt from interfering with the production or release of this film or any film that might offend Muslims or Jews. What the US govt has done is condemn the content of this film – just as it would condemn the content of a film that degrades any religion (including the Jewish religion).

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Shia killing and Ahmadiya killing is not important to them . They will only protest on an issue which support the continuation of black blashphemy law . Forget the existing Pakistan . Now world is determined to mutate it .NO ONE WILL TOLRATE A ISLAM THAT IS BEING ORACTICED IN PAKISTAN IN A CIVILIZED WORLD !

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  • Nadia
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:47PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    Mqm condemned it and wrote a letter to Barack Obama. Thanks

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  • Amir
    Sep 16, 2012 - 7:50PM

    It is everyone’s right to register a protest, but peacefully. Such protests should be allowed. HOWEVER, in case the protest turns violent, property is destroyed or damaged, the organizers leaders should be taken to task and asked to pay. Their assets linked to non-payment of the damage. Just see how fast such protests will disappear.
    Right now we are living in the jungle…and everyone here has mob mentality.

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  • Saeb Zaidi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:00PM

    “Don’t get offended when someone releases a disgraceful movie about your religion. You have no right to get offended. Nevertheless, we are offended when someone claims that there was no holocaust. Beware!”.
    A very strange notion of freedom indeed!!!

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Nadir

    That’s the best damn comment I have read on this whole filmgate scandal in weeks.

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  • Alucard
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:01PM

    Why is this newsworthy? Islams worst enemies are not in the USA but right here in Pakistan and they don’t deserve the media coverage to spread more violence and bigotry over a nonsense movie. I see no difference between pastor terry jones & the man who made that hateful movie and the bearded bigots.

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  • Randomstranger
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:02PM

    @Samuel Johnson

    Just like they stopped making derogatory cartoons and comedy shows about Christ? You people left Christ with no respect, we aren’t going to let you do the same to our prophet.

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  • hassan ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:05PM

    You Celebrate over it in your home but i am still furious.

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  • Anwer Chughtai
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:07PM

    @Samuel Johnson:

    Well said Sam.

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  • hassan ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Don’t you consider Dafaan e pakistan Movement has a political agenda too .i am still waiting their violent protest@Noor:

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  • ML
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:11PM

    When will the Muslims learn that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to forgive anybody who hurled any sorts of atrocities at him and he is the prime example that all Muslims should follow. Ah, Alas! One can only wish.

    Love for all, hatred for none!

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  • Mariam Batool
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:11PM

    I watched hilary clinton’s speech. She said we cannot control what people express in our country because it is in our constitution that every citizen has the right to speak their heart and mind no matter how horrid that is. but muslims are reacting with violence against speech. which is wrong. My answer to this would be, It is our right! Our country. We will do whatever we want in our country if you allow your people to do whatever they want.Islam tells us not to spread violence. But there are exceptions. those who commit blasphemy are told to be sentenced to death in our religion.

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  • hassan ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Be more Cautious this film would witness more acts of violence@Cautious:

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  • Samiah Siddiqi
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Alright…. I do extend complete support to this protest but the burning of the 2 cars on MA Jinnah Road is just wrong…but we all should carry on with the protest in a PEACEFUL way.

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  • Anwer Chughtai
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @news caster:
    If you think US is the main root of evil for everything then next time you need help in a disaster or if your 2 + 2 does not balance in your budget, why not call Mullah Omar to send someone to help you. After all Kandahar is much closer then Washington DC!

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  • FUtoFU
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:12PM

    The Indians on this forum are disappointed since there is no violence. Pakistani protests have been much more peaceful compared to other locations. That is a good sign.

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  • hassan ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:13PM

    But there are still people who would love to defend his favourite religion isna ashry islam@Rizwan:

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  • hassan ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:19PM

    They would surely Love to Slap,Kick and kill so called 1000 cats@kilo tiger:

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  • elementary
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @sanwal: You said: I am a liberal fascist…..
    I agree you are fascist .Liberal I don’t think so.

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  • MajourlyProfound
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Jaarhead. Burn Pakistan, Burn everything..

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  • Imran
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Always ready to self destruct. A thousand dollar movie can bring the entire country of 180million and 1million strong armed forces to its knees.

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  • hassan ali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Right Response

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  • Raja Imran Kiyani
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:31PM

    Hope i would partispate in this rally and burn US council in Karachi Destroy America,Hurmatay Rasool par jaan b qurban hai

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  • Lord
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Labbaik Ya Hussain (a.s). JazakAllah o khair momineen .

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  • Chris Murphy
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:41PM

    Samiah, newscaster,
    You need to understand other countries’ rules before blaming the government. US government can’t do anything about freedom of speech because that’s american’s basic right- even some dumb director whose work is childish to begin with. I can’t believe majority of Muslims are so afraid of extremists – if that was the case with Christians, Jews or Hindus, then the whole whole world would be burning.. And yes there can be some hard headed red necks Christians or ready to die extreme Hindus, but the majority have leash on them unlike what we see today.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Power of Social Media:
    Some get million hits for a few minute of video
    Other hit millions with a few minute of video

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Power of Social Media:
    No body is calling for a boycott of Google or You tube!

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  • Bengali
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:56PM

    People have a right to protest, speciAlly in this case. However there is no justification for a protest which burns and damages your own country.
    We need to grow up and find more dignified and efficient ways to register our complaints. I think we should be pushing Paki-amercians to find a legal means to take the people responsible to court in America. That would resonate and a favorable judgement would make people like YouTube and google think twice about their stance on offensive videos.
    As for why our people react this way; so many reasons:
    Perpetual self loathing with our own country and it’s politico-economic state of affairs.
    Being brainwashed at neighborhood mosques that America and the west are the enemy and being told that we should resort to physical attacks to get our point of view across.
    There is not much else to do, no recreational activities no things to enjoy, no electricity.
    The country is sick and in serious need of psychological assistance on a large scale

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 8:59PM

    @sanwal:
    An ideal follower of religion of peace.

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  • S
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:04PM

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Breaking news Ahmadis were prevented from protesting as constitutionally they are not Muslim.

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  • Pollack
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Since I did not hear of any big protest from people in Pakistan, I was thinking that maybe..just maybe..the people have become saner and more mature. But alas that was not the case….

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  • ST2TA
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:12PM

    I am appalled that on Dunya news they reported that protesters were subjected to “Police violence” when its the protesters that are burning police vans. Right after this they reported that protesters have attacked dunya reporter.

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  • DarKnight
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Where Saudi Arabia stands on all this. Why there has not been any protest going on ?????????

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  • Mj
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:22PM

    @sanwal:
    You might then just be a fascist, minus the liberal credentials.

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  • Part of the Solution
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @sanwal:
    I can believe the fascist part. But you haven’t shown any liberalism here. Are you a liberal with exceptions? Like do you say: I respect everyone’s liberty except x, y and z.

    Now if everyone thought like that, all the a, b, c would fall in somebody or the others exception and the earth would be burned many times over.

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  • observer
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:37PM

    If all Pakistanis are not responsible for ISI-LET combine attacking Mumbai.

    How is the US responsible for someone making a film?

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  • SaqibTahir
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:39PM

    @Samiah Siddiqi:
    Freedom of speech is an important part of US constitution after 1st amendment. US government has no powers to stop this movie. At the most they can request the film makers or YouTube to remove and their request has already been denied by Google. Muslims must accept the reality that their violence and emotional outbursts cannot change anything. Their violant reaction in fact serves as a free promotion for such materials. Muslims should rather adopt peaceful means to counter any criticism of Islam or it’s founder.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:45PM

    The sentiments after the anti-Muslim film was uploaded on the U-Tube was obvious.

    It is always the first step taken by the non-Muslims westerners either by making caricatures, using degraded language, or showing hatred through other means against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Muslims.

    I have never seen any Muslim degrading Jesus Christ, Ram, Buddha or any other personality having religious values for the people who follow different faiths and believes in the world.

    This shows that basically Muslims are not terrorists, but people sitting in the Western Countries make Muslims terrorists through their acts and deeds.

    The non-Muslims and Muslims all have been created by one God.

    Muslims were not created by a lessor God then why the non-Muslims hate Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Muslims or the religion Islam?

    The day non-Muslims will start respecting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), then both non-Muslims and Muslims can work together having hand in hand.

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  • Sutta
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:49PM

    Well done america you have shown the true face of muslim ummah and their hypocrisy. You dont need weapons or drones but movies like these to dismantle us.

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:50PM

    @Samiah Siddiqi: “The American authorities could have stopped the release”

    You talk like a pure ignorant who has no clue how the American system works. In every American city, there are film-makers who make movies, put on 100′s of film-festivals, and on Youtube. There is no authority in the US which has control over these.

    Suppose an American says, the Pakistani government shouldn’t let people write on ET Blogs as they put too much anti-American nonsense. What will be your response?Recommend

  • am
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:03PM

    Instead of these violent protests , in which these protestors damaging public property of Muslims, let them take the writer, producer and to other people related with the film to some court of law ( in any country e.g Pakistan, Iran , Saudi Arabia , Egypt or some other Western Country where the film maker feel themselves secure), and ask them from where they got the filthy material to make such a film.
    I bet they will never do all this. And don’t ask me why they will not.

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  • san
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Police should have shot all protester. All protester should be imprisoned for violently protesting and damaging public property.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:12PM

    @Randomstranger

    You people left Christ with no respect,
    we aren’t going to let you do the same
    to our prophet.

    And how do you propose to do that? In case you didn’t know it there are at least 5.5 Billion non Muslims on this planet and I don’t think they want you censuring what they can read, write, or watch. Even if you raised an army and somehow defeated the USA imposing your own Muslim oriented Constitution you still have the remaining 5.2 Billion non Muslims to content with. Perhaps it’s time for a reality check – control what you read, write and watch and let others do the same.

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  • JC
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Their interfaith harmony can’t be that strong, if some silly homemade video made them react this way. Seems more like a Very large, Very unstable religious group that just can not grasp the concept of tolerance. I myself have lost all patience with these people. I feel the best course of action would be to stop aiding them and bring our boys/girls home.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Question: Can Pakistan charge the film maker under Pakistani blasphemy law and issue red corner notice and ask for extradition from US? Just curious, who would you trade for?

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  • ST2TA
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:48PM

    @Nadia:
    and it went into a wastebin

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  • ST2TA
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @Rafi Ka Deewana:
    moreover, the govt will be violating the basic foundation of that country, their constitution, if they tell anyone not to do something that is allowed under freedom of speech article of their constitution.

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  • ua777captain
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:55PM

    @sanwal:
    When Prophet Muhammad never had such a reaction to insults or even the throwing of rocks and firing of arrows at him, who are you to “burn the earth to ashes”?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:00PM

    These fanatics will make producer and director of this low grade, absurd movie more popular than James Cameron, same as they have made Salman Rushdie a great writer. When this film was first released, only four people came to watch its first show, but thanks to these fanatics and Egyption TV’s publicity, this movie has become one of the most popular movie in the world.

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  • ali imran
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:21PM

    I am quite astonished people opposing the protest in the love US.

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  • Salman Ali Virk
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Its good that Pakistanis are responding against the film…

    But I don’t understand why the protestor have burned Cars,Police Vehicle and a petrol station?

    What was their fault in all of this?

    The police are doing their job.And what was the common man’s fault in all of this whose car they’ve burned?

    Grow up!!

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  • Q4U
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:45PM

    How come the Muslims living in the US do not protest like this? Are they the better Muslims or the ones in these third world undeveloped countries? Is it because they are living in a more advanced society and that is why they also behave more appropriately or is it because they have become the bad muslims?

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  • saeed
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:39AM

    @sanwal:
    Why dont you start first burn your house or altleast yours stuff like TV or computers altleast .If you are really sincere in your belief than start burning this world

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  • goose
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:01AM

    @Abdullah:
    until a Korean makes a cartoon or a Chinese commits ‘blasphemy’ as per your standards, right?

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:10AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    Who destroyed Bamyan Bhuddas ? Coptic Christians ?

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  • T4U
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:16AM

    this is a clash of civilizations, clash of mindset of people that are living in dark ages vs those that have sent a probe to Mars and another probe that has just left the solar system.

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  • T4U
    Sep 17, 2012 - 2:53AM

    @Mariam Batool:
    I seriously doubt this that you know this: US Consulates and Embassy are not in Pakistan, they are in the US (just like your embassy in Washington is considered as part of Pakistan) and an attack on their Embassy/Consulates can be considered by them as an act of War, then you can forget about the drone strikes in North Waziristan.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:11AM

    I would wonder how many Pakistanis protesting America today will be back in line at the US embassy in a few days looking for a Visa?

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  • KHALID
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:22AM

    @sanwal 1 person killed and many injured. You set Pakistan on fire today.

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  • roomi
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:04AM

    @Maraim Batool
    This is my country too….I do not support this type of reaction. I would support the People in UK who distributed Quran and a book about our prophet’s whole life…that would be better way…We should protest but other way. This is my country of Quaid-e-Azam, and we want to be role model for all other Muslims. Our religion stands for peace not for violence.

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  • William Saletan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:34AM

    Dear Muslims,
    The men behind the movie said it would expose Islam as a violent religion. Now they’re pointing to the riots as proof. Muslims are “pre-programmed” to rage and kill, says the movie’s promoter. “Islam is a cancer,” says the director. According to the distributor, “The violence that it caused in Egypt is further evidence of how violent the religion and people are and it is evidence that everything in the film is factual.”
    Congratulations, rioters. You followed the script perfectly. You did the propagandists’ work for them.
    And the provocations won’t end here. Laws and censors won’t protect you from them. Liberal democracies allow freedom of expression. Our leaders and people condemn garbage like this video, but we don’t censor it. Even if we did, the diffusion of media technology makes suppression impossible. The director of this movie was forbidden, under his bank-fraud probation rules, from using computers or the Internet without approval. That didn’t stop him. Nor did it stop the Arabic-language distributor from reposting the video and disseminating it abroad.

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  • Zubair
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:07AM

    These protests (in Pakistan and elsewhere) have turned an obscure film seen by a handful of people into the most famous film in the world. I, for one, hadn’t heard of the film until the protests started. I just love how our finest (mostly young and perhaps unemployed or US visa rejects) come out into the streets to wreak havoc at the first chance.
    MWM’s demand that the US ban the film makes me laugh. And they are going to continue to create unrest in our streets until the US bans the film? Great idea! that will surely scare the US into submission … because riots on our streets is what the US fears. Brilliant!

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  • Spud
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:08AM

    Asking the US to apologize for one of their citizen’s work shows that the Muslim world has not understood what democracy and freedom of speech means. The US government has already said that they do not support this film and have condemned it in strongest terms. Muslims do not understand the idea of freedom of speech because they have been denied it since the beginning of their religion. Read the history and see many imams were assassinated for holding contrary opinions. In all this rioting the adherents of Islam forget what they tell the world: that their religion is peace loving. Think about this before you raise your hand to kill a person. Muslims have denigrated most religions (read Muslim websites) but no one has killed a Muslim or rioted as we saw in the last few days. Muslims living in western countries also have not learned or refused to learn about how these countries operate. If they do not they will remain backward as they are.

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  • Sindhi
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:19AM

    I wish a protest leader was killed rather than an ordinary citizen who instigate the innocent people to violence. If an insane person has amde a film or makes a cartoon why do you protest. When kuffaar attacked kaaba, Abdul Muttalib left it Allah to reply. Read sura alfeel. The more muslims will react the more these type of things will comeup. There is no point in losing innocent lives.

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  • alicia
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:58AM

    @FUtoFU
    First read the news before commenting. 1 man died, police vehicles burnt, embassy attacked, people admitted to hospitals etc. If this is not violence than what is?

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  • Q4U
    Sep 17, 2012 - 8:28AM

    @Pollack:
    i was thinking the same, but i think they were distracted because of the fires during the first two days

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  • ali
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:05AM

    shame on all those who are opposing the efforts for conveying the strong message of anger across the world that don’t play with our religious figure’s characters or you would face strong opposition on all the levels….and most of the negative commentators are from India, so we should not give a damn about those!!!!

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  • Ali Hussain
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:20AM

    After reading comments of all sophisticated?? people , I just want to say that ,they are tried to record their protest & trying to show their love and respect to MUHAMMED SAWW ,I do not criticise the comments of people , but just requesting you all guys to read what ABUZAR do just after accepting islam, the loveliest thing what he did. surely we all condemn the loss of public property & please do not make connection between both

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  • D'souza
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:38PM

    @sanwal:
    don’t delude u r self u r not liberal!

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  • Ali Asghar
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:46PM

    People Must think before reacting to the movie.
    they must think why is this movie made?
    what are their goals behind releasing such a shameful movie on our Prophet (P.B.U.H)?
    How they want Muslim world to react?
    does this movie harm the respect of prophet among us by any means?
    How should we have to react after keeping their goals in mind?

    I must praise IRAN for that. before reacting to the movie they think over these questions first and their reaction was best i say.
    We all know that Jews and Christians cannot be friends of Muslims. they are always after proving the Muslims terrorists and Islam as the religion of terrorist.
    we should work together to end their influence in our countries specifically Muslim countries. Unfortunately, No one has tried it so far and every one has reacted brutally except IRAN. I am not Iranian but i am praising it for its wise reaction over the movie.

    Well killing any ambassador is not the solution or is not the right way to react.
    every buddy who has protest against has demanded apologize , no one i say no one has demanded to end relations with US and Israel. why??
    Our political parties don’t even say a single word.
    Most importantly the silence of Saudi Arabia has proved that they are slaves of US and Israel and so are Pakistani.
    Lets look into the demands by our religious parties during the protests.
    some demanded apology, some demanded punishment for film makers. well all the demands were made to US . Seems like they were protesting in US. well they have put on so many shows during the last week but no achievement. they are willing to accept apology and wait for another incident like this from US or Israel ! Yes it is true. just go through the last 1 year incidents like this and protests.
    Punch line is that it will never ends until or unless we break our relations with US and Israel. Think over it.

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  • Samiah Siddiqi
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @ Chris Murphy, @Rafi Ka Deewana, @Cautious, @SaqibTahir
    If you wish to take this in the direction of the Freedom of speech as promised by the First Amendment of the US constitution (which, yes, I am fully aware of), then here goes:
    What’s up with all the fuss about wikileaks? Julian Assange should be extended freedom of expression AND right to information. To those pakistani friends who are in this debate, and happen to watch the show “hasb-e-haal” on Dunya TV, they recently discussed the ex-US Marine’s book “No Easy Day” on the show. In that episode they talked about a similar book (on some other topic) that the US government didn’t want in the market. They reportedly spent millions of dollars just to have all the copies retrieved.
    and what did the famed journalist Helen Thomas do? She was just expressing herself wasn’t she, even if against some community? Why was she not given her basic right to freedom, as promised by the constitution of the US? Why silence her, instead of respecting her opinion? For the US doesn’t criminalize “hate speech”, right? (Check these links out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwBBYLr1bU
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/ari-fleischer-fire-helen-thomas
    n_601565.html )
    True, the US constitution doesn’t punish what we call ‘hate speech’ but note that it does somehow cover that under the Anti-Harassment Code by barring use of harassing terminology, or such comments/media that is BOUND to incite the masses and spread violence.(again a long debate :) ) still not convinced? Explain the barring of militant sites and activities? I mean Al-Qaeda and Taliban are only EXPRESSING themselves …only in a different way!
    Look, I’m not against the Jews or Christians or any other community. Nor am I against the US government. It’s just that if they can make rare exceptions as above why not here, in this case?

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  • Bilal
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:01PM

    U.S. is the reason behind every sort of Extremism in this Universe –
    When You hurt Billions of Muslims then why we must not call you Extremist? Terrorist? and Peace haters??????

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  • Sadia
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:58PM

    @sanwal:
    stop calling yourself liberal, or at least look up the meaning of the word.Recommend

  • Abuser
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:38PM

    @Cautious:
    Owh really? Can you make a movie denying Holocaust??

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  • Mullah man
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Fools reacting to a fool

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  • dpd
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:30PM

    I pray to the almighty ALLAH to provide us with PEACE on this earth. I shall not condemn nor hate. Please provide me with the strength to be true to YOU, MY ALMIGHTY. The PEACE that you teach is all encompassing. The LOVE that you teach is uncompromising. The FORGIVENESS that you provide gives us all strenth. Do not let me stray because of the FEW that spews VENOM. Your BOOK is my true belief but for a few who misinterprets it’s meaning, please forgive them for they do not know the true meaning.

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