Muslim Solidarity: PTI, religious groups announce protests

Published: September 21, 2012

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also announced a protest at Empress Market, Karachi. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • PakArmySoldier
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:31AM

    I have lost patience with PTI. Their shift towards the fringe right has blurred the line between them and mullah parties.

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  • Hassaan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:34AM

    I wonder “Peaceful Protest” ever existed in our dictionary.

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  • Faraz
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Its the best time, elections are near, cash in on the sentiments. Who cares if the city life is disrupted, people face problems or die (they will be shaheed, anyway)! we need to restore the ‘honor’!

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Imran Khan should vociferously calls for a complete termination in diplomatic ties with the United States until it apologizes to the Ummah and bans the film. He is our future leader and I want to see how resolute he is in standing up against the Superpower.

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  • dilip
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:59AM

    request keep protest peaceful nonviolent it will be effective

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  • ihtisham kha
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:39AM

    great move by PTI.

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  • Noor
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:42AM

    great initiative but protest should be peacefulRecommend

  • Raza Khan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:53AM

    If similar kind of vigor, passion & energy was shown towards our real problems by our masses I am 100% sure that they would have been resolved by now! Some crazy guy made a 3rd rate movie & instead of just ignoring that mad man, we created a world wide stir. Our holy prophet (PBUH) is much beyond these petty & silly remarks.

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  • Gen Pasha Ret.
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Ahhhhh the Good Looking Mullah getting some cheap publicity by showing his real face. Ask yourselves one question – would our beloved prophet have protested in the way that many Pakistanis are by causing damage and mayhem?

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  • Parvez
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:56PM

    @Raza Khan: If only others would think like you, things would be different.

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  • Voice of Gilgit
    Sep 21, 2012 - 1:04PM

    PTI will be the spokesman of Muslim UMMA Inshaalha.

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  • Dr.X
    Sep 21, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Bad move PTI

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  • Visibly Invisible
    Sep 21, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Mard-e-Haq:
    Please get your facts straight – the movie is NOT sponsored by the US and neither is a zionist/jew/indian conspiracy against muslims. Its an amateur movie which should have been ignored. Our Prophet is way above this. Couldn’t agree more with Raza Khan

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  • zaib
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:50PM

    I have been reading ET for some time now and I have defended PTI’s moves with conviction and logic. I have been supporting IK ever since his principle stand in 2007 and I have done so despite the constant criticism. I agree with his policies and his vision , but this is lame. Im sorry but what has this achieved ? Where is the protest against SHIA killings , Hyderi Bomb blast , the massacre in Syria so much. What has today’s protest achieved ? nothing . Just playing politics on an issue that is sensitive to me and to all other Muslims. Im sorry PTI , your loosing me with tactics like these

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  • toor
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:53PM

    Great move but protest should be peaceful!

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  • Azi
    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:09PM

    More like religious groups announce a day off work to fool around. I honestly hoped PTI, the last hope for Pakistan wouldn’t have these crazed ignorant people. Now I know what fate awaits Pakistan in a few years.Recommend

  • kanwal
    Sep 21, 2012 - 7:12PM

    In the same city of karachi, hundreds burnt to death and no one came out to protest at all. The version of Islam we follow is may be one of the biggest hurdles in our progress as a nation.

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  • Abid Baloch
    Sep 21, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Great move to calm the people and give them chance to vent peacefully.

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  • MAD
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:04PM

    uh didnt PMLN, PMLQ and MQM also announce protestsRecommend

  • Morons
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:48PM

    PTI is frantically moving for support from religious groups after they failed the establishment support.

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  • Umer
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:16AM

    @ Moron
    Your name personifies you.

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  • Pir Bulle Shah
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:44AM

    A great leader does what is right. A great leader is not influenced by the opinions of lemmings. Imran Khan is the hope of Pakistan’s future. He has my vote.

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  • Asad
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:36AM

    Did anyone see IK’s speech before commenting here? He is the only one who sounded reasonable trying to tell the people use your head and not to vandalize your own country. Any comments to show restraint from the people in power? President? Prime minister? CM Punjab?

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