KARACHI: Several other religious and political groups have announced protests and events for Friday as well.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also announced a protest at Empress Market, Karachi, which will be addressed by Azam Khan Swati and Sindh chief Nadir Akmal Leghari among other party leaders. PTI chairman Imran Khan appealed people to protest peacefully against the blasphemous movie. Khan said that it is the right of the people to protest because this film has hurt their sentiments, but, it is vitally important to show one’s emotions without destroying property or attacking the police.
The Muttahida Bainul Muslimeen Forum, which was created with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s support, has announced that it will also be protesting on Friday. The protest will be held at the Karachi Press Club. The forum comprises clerics from different schools of thought.
Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen, which protested last Sunday at the US Consulate, is organising a rally that will kick off at Numaish at 3pm and lead to Tibet Centre. According to Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Noorani group) will also be joining the protest as well as other religious groups.
Sunni Tehreek is organising an Ishq-e-Rasool conference at its Karachi headquarters at 9 pm on Friday, which will be addressed by party chief Sarwat Ijaz Qadri. A spokesperson for the Sunni Tehreek said that on September 29, Ahle Sunnat groups will be staging a protest from Numaish to Tibet Centre, which they expect will be one of the largest yet. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT IN LAHORE)
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.