Anti-Islam film: Protesting lawyers enter Islamabad diplomatic enclave

Published: September 19, 2012
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Hand over resolution condemning film to US Embassy. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Hand over resolution condemning film to US Embassy. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Hand over resolution condemning film to US Embassy. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE Hand over resolution condemning film to US Embassy. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE / DI KHAN: Representatives of a lawyers’ rally that made its way into the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad while protesting against the sacrilegious film managed to pass on their message to the US Embassy, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The rally broke through blockades and the main gate to enter the area but was stopped outside the Egyptian Embassy.

Representatives from the group entered the US embassy and handed over a resolution condemning the film which has hurt the sentiments of Muslims the world over.

The protesters set alight effigies of the man who allegedly made the blasphemous film.

A heavy contingent of police, already deployed at the Red Zone, attempted to hold off the protestors.

Political and religious parties have announced a country-wide protest against the film which has enraged Muslims worldwide.

The US consulate in Lahore was blocked off with containers set on roads leading to it.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, during the peace conference in Islamabad, said that the government would participate in the strike against the blasphemous film.

Protests and rallies are underway in Dera Ismail (DI) Khan as well.

Frenzied protests continue across the country in  an outpouring of outrage against a US film mocking Islam with demonstrators clashing with police, hurling rocks and shouting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.

The film has sparked a week of furious protests outside US embassies and other American symbols in at least 20 countries.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Tony Singh
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:02PM

    Actually they were protesting because they did not get VISA to US.

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  • shaban ali
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:05PM

    salam

    it will be better all political parties and all muslim sects arrange a demo against sacrilegious film together to show unity.bcoz Pakistan needs unity of muslims and other religions.plz Pak media play role bcoz Pak people are cursing on u ppl.

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  • ChaoticOne
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:15PM

    How can a procession enter the diplomatic enclave!Recommend

  • alicia
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:40PM

    How could the police be so incompetant?

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  • Noor
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:50PM

    All these protesters are political in nature. Election year is round the corner and the political parties, or their proxies, are trying to beat each other, not for the love of the holy prophet, but for the votes and sympathy that can land them into the corridors of power.

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  • Desi
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:56PM

    @ Tiny Singh

    We really don’t want useless US Visa. Pakistan is our heaven and we will not leave it.

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  • antony
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:04PM

    @Desi, Useless US visa ? . Thats interesting ? .How about cutting of trade relationship (Textiles,mangoes,etc) with US and see enjoying the heaven that is pakistan?.

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  • Polpot
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:55PM

    These are the same lawyers that showered the murderer of the Punjab Governor with rose petals? Right?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Musharaff treated them well.

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  • 7th century
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Lawyers like rest of the protesters acting like brats

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Burning effigy is the right way, burning flag of a nation is a crime and very disrespectful thing to do. Shame on these black coats.

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  • Harry Stone
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Too funny. To have lawyers there must be laws. Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:03PM

    @ChaoticOne:

    Through the front gate! Rose petal lawyers made a deal with the police. Friday national holiday to protest. Now nobody can say that the PPP are loose liberals, they are true Muslims now. Join the party and win the election. Got it.

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  • kaif
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:01PM

    Tony Singh : you need visa because there is no place for you in india. you know how hindus beat you people in 1984 and after that you are the only people you have no home in the world.
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  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Same group that celebrated the death of Governor Taseer and protested the death of OBL — says everything about the mindset of this group and maybe the core reason that terrorist are not brought to justice in Pakistan.

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  • Jpy
    Sep 20, 2012 - 11:40AM

    Is Islam such a weak religion that a third rate movie can shake its foundations??. Recommend

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