'Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh)' day: Government announces holiday on September 21

Published: September 19, 2012
Email
Cabinet to discuss ways on expressing Pakistan's resentment against the film. PHOTO: PID

Cabinet to discuss ways on expressing Pakistan's resentment against the film. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet meeting on Wednesday has decided to observe September 21 as ‘Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh)’ day to express reverence for Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and register the government’s protest against the recently released anti-Islam film in the US, Express News reported. 

The day has been declared as a national holiday as well.

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, addressing the Cabinet meeting, said, “At this moment, I call upon the people of Pakistan to register their protests peacefully but to observe restraints and not to damage their own property.”

He added, “I have directed the Ministry of Information Technology to block YouTube in order to register our protest at the availability of this sacrilegious film on the website, and our demand for its immediate removal.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Ashraf suspended all agenda items on the list for today’s meeting and instead discussed ways and means to express Pakistan’s strong resentment against the film.

The controversial film has sparked protests all across the world by Muslims, protesting against the portrayal of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) in the film.

The government has recently blocked YouTube in the country after the company refused to remove the film’s trailer from the site.

Along with Pakistan, other Muslim countries, including Afghanistan  and Bangladesh have also blocked the website. In India, Youtube complied with government’s order and blocked the content.

Google said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya.

Proposal on agreement with YouTube

The cabinet discussed a proposal for entering into an agreement with YouTube to block only the required videos on the website, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told the media after the cabinet meeting.

He added that not only the US Ambassador to Pakistan, but also the US president and ministers have strongly condemned the blasphemous film. There was also a proposal to hold a meeting of Pakistani ambassadors to discuss the issue, he said.

Kaira also supported the idea of summoning the US Ambassador to Pakistan to the Foreign Office lodge a strong protest.

‘Government to provide protection during protests’

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that special security arrangements will be made on the Ishq-e-Rasool Day on Friday and the government will provide complete protection to protests being held on that day, reported Radio Pakistan.

Chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, Malik said that no one will be allowed to take law into his own hands and damage private or public property during the protests.

He further directed the Crisis Management Cell to fully monitor the processions and directed all hospitals to stay on high alert.

______________________________________________

Does a holiday express reverence for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?

     View Results


Polls are non-scientific, reflect only the online audience and can be manipulated.
 Loading ...

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (93)

  • Sep 19, 2012 - 1:17PM

    there will be no outcome for sure. our politicians have no interest in such activities or they don’t participate when something happens like this

    Recommend

  • san
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Our cabinet should focused their attention on serious issues and stop yelling about video. Youtube is banned and what else do our cabinet really want. You are not elected to play a drama in Cabinet but you all are elected to serve the nation.

    Recommend

  • Raza Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Waste of time & energy!Recommend

  • s
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:38PM

    A good move!! well done!

    Recommend

  • Shahbaaz Mirza
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:41PM

    That’s all that we need; another holiday !Recommend

  • Fahim
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Good work by the government and a full round of rally is required on friday

    Recommend

  • Nadir
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Yes, lets celebrate the dignity of the Prophet by shutting down industry, bringing misery to day labourers, and sanctioning violent protests!

    Recommend

  • Rana
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:57PM

    An appreciable move! Subhan Allah…… Now please a lodge formal protest (written) with US as well, and make it public too.

    Recommend

  • Mj
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Wish they were as active in solving the problems which actually matter.

    Recommend

  • Hassan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Why make it a national holiday?

    Recommend

  • nak
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:07PM

    very good job by Government.

    Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:08PM

    hatts off to Govt for doing this !
    ♥ Maax♥Recommend

  • Wajid
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:08PM

    Last thing we need is another national holiday, considering how our economy is going. The world doesn’t care whether we have a holiday or not, what is required is an official protest and formulation of a policy that can ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again.

    Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:15PM

    @San shutt up. When Muslims do not hurt Non-muslims, whats problem with them. If US Senators can ask for Rimsha why not Pakistani public can ask for a blaphemous vedio. Well done Pak cabinetRecommend

  • Tahir
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:18PM

    How is this waste of time….. protest is our right and that’s what Pakistan is doing. Pakistan should boycott all Google products unless they backtrack on the video.

    Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Wow.. Pakistan is now firmly in grip of mullahs.

    I cant believe that the so-called secular party in government will just get to its knees off the back of a stupid movie by a stupid guy..

    A 13 minute juvenile movie uploaded on youtube (which can be done by a 13 year old anytime) and a nation of 200 odd million gets to declare a national holiday !!

    Imagine what would happen if IK or NS come in power ! We are doomed as a nation !

    Recommend

  • Waqas Butt
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Nice

    Recommend

  • Not me
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:47PM

    The film is disgraceful and should be condemned in strongest possible terms.

    Having stated the above, what is the loss due to one day holiday?

    Recommend

  • asim
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:49PM

    How the people accepting a governement which is being run against prophet teachings

    Recommend

  • islooite
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:55PM

    it is wastage of resources .i know most people will be sleeping in home . Be practical guys . It will be better if we come to work and have individual protest ceremony for hour or so on friday in office / school to record our protest in peaceful way .

    Recommend

  • s
    Sep 19, 2012 - 3:59PM

    its needed, we need to tell the world how much it hurts, We need protests!! (peaceful protests)

    Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:03PM

    thanks God govt took step against this

    Recommend

  • Anthony Permal
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:02PM

    So everyone protests that we don’t need Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day etc to show our love for them, we do this everyday, where does that argument go regarding this Love Muhammad day? I mean, you don’t love him daily?

    Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:10PM

    @Anonymous and why you are giving shut up calls? San can reply in same tone. We have to follow Prophet in debates as well, no?

    Recommend

  • Max
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Most people are just happy to have another holiday and a long weekend. It’s just a waste of a working day, we could have designated the weekend for this and to hold PEACEFUL protests.

    Recommend

  • Atheist
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:20PM

    To Gov and religious leaders…. please stop damaging my country with your religious matters… keep your religion at home…

    Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:27PM

    There is no holiday for farmers, labourers and poor people. If they don’t work or don’t feed their animals, they and their children get nothing to eat.. Holiday is for free loaders and for those who live on other people’s money. Its not Ishq, its insult to Prophet

    Recommend

  • Siddh
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Instead of blocking websites, the Government (which is all powerful) should seriously take it up with the US Ambassador, send its emissary to White House to raise this issue, call for an OIC conference and ask Arab countries and Muslim World to pressurize west to make a law against blasphemy. Then we can say Pakistani Government is serious enough!!!

    Recommend

  • The Guardian
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Bravo. It just goes on to prove Pakistan is, in now effect, a theocracy run by mullahs. Let’s just suspend everything leave it on God, huh?

    Recommend

  • M ishaq
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:32PM

    A good step. we need to appreciate every good work of our government and need to encourage our government to do so like this.Recommend

  • Yaida M
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Why not declare the whole month off? One lunatic made a crazy movie and Pakistan is shooting itself in the foot. It is the economy that has to bear the brunt – not the guy who made the video!

    Recommend

  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:35PM

    After this, there is not a single reason left for relecting the PPP. Mr. Bhutto tried to ingratiate with the enemies of the Jinnah’s Pakistan in 1973, 1974, and 1977. It did not work then and it will not work now.

    Recommend

  • Saleem
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Such a stupid response in not unexpected from the morons that are in power.Recommend

  • anwar
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Too bad we ain’t jewish. We would not have to work all year and the US taxpayer would foot the bill and bull

    Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:39PM

    At this rate we will have 365 days of holiday in the year. No wonder GDP of Pakistan keeps falling.

    Recommend

  • Asif
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:54PM

    This good news to hear from the Govt. that they now realise the problem.

    So what is PTA directors are doing just touring US shaking hand with Ex-presidents, visiting Geneva for Internet Governance Conferences and coming back and establishing self control civil society on Internet in name if internet society and chapters in Pakistan.

    On the other hand as mentioned in Article
    “Google said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya.”

    This bring to Questions do we need PTA and other authorise in Govt. if they cant perform in these case as per mandate. Seems that Indonesia, India, Libya and Egypt has better IG system in place. Where is Pakistan Govt?

    Asif Kabani
    Internet Governance
    Analyst

    Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:55PM

    By declaring holiday who is going to suffer, only we Pakistanis! Talk some logic.

    Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Some blockheads insults the prophet, Pakistan erupts in protests, killings, internet bans and the coup de grace, a national holiday. Why do we look for excuses for holidays ? Just make the whole year a national holiday, it seems nobody wants to work anyway. Let the Americans take care of us.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Few points:

    (1) Instead of declaring Sept. 21 as National Holiday. they should have declared Sept. 25 as National Holiday. This Sept. 25. is important for the government.

    (2) Muslims often say that Islam teaches us this and that and on those lines. Many quote verses from Koran. Many comments in ET columns are on these lines. I am yet to hear a Muslim say that he have learnt this or that from Koran and are practicing those principles. When Muslims reach that stage, Koran and Islam will be respected all over the world, particularly by Muslims themselves.

    (3) Had the fun of watching few talk shows in Pakistan channels where prominent anchors and religious leaders claim that any discussion on Holocaust is a crime in whole of Europe and USA. First it is not discussion on Holocaust that is a crime but denying Holocaust that is a crime. Further, discussions on Holocaust is not a crime in USA. Movies have been made on Holocaust. the 1970’s movie Odissa Files is a great movie and was a huge success in USA and throughout Europe. I pity the knowledge of the prominent anchors and more specifically the knowledge of the religious scholars.

    (4) I am sure the whole world will accept if the Muslims want a law that is equally applicable to all religions. For instance, laws on conversions, restrictions and desecration of any religion or religious symbols. Muslims can preach conversions in other countries but others should also have the same right to preach conversions in Muslim countries. Christians from S. Korea should be allowed to propagate Christianity in Afghanistan and Pakistan and any Muslim country. If Muslim countries restrict others to build their places of worship, others can also do it in their countries. All countries shall follow uniform laws for all religion within their countries. For instance if the prayer calls on loud speakers are banned or building codes are applied for minarets, these should be applicable to all religions within their country. If Prayer calls on loud speakers are allowed for Muslims in Muslim countries, then others can also use loud speakers to disturb their neighbors. If videos offensive to others are posted on youtube by muslims, others can also do it. Will any Muslim country accept such uniform principles ?

    Recommend

  • Syed Arsalan Ali
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Much has been written and said about this issue before, but the fact is that the film maker & U.S. have no concern about what a muslim feels about Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
    We had to definitely launch an effective protest against it, and this day might be the beginning in this regard. So good job govt.
    Furthermore, government must take this issue to U.S. Govt. and acknowledge them with great insistence that this cannot be tolerated, and they have to penalize the responsibles otherwise the matters can move to more serious phase and Pakistani and other Muslim country govts. won’t be able to stop the reaction.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:43PM

    We already love our Prophet (PBUH) very much. Do we need a holiday to prove/practice it?? Besides, nobody outside Pakistan is going to care if Pakistan has an off-day to prove their love to Prophet (PBUH). So, what difference does it make to what is going on in the West? Nothing! Just to please the religious sentiments of the masses, especially when the elections are nearby. Think of all the poor/daily wage people who will be out of work for the day! while others sleep. Would the Prophet (PBUH) have liked that?

    Recommend

  • dpd
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Muslims do not require a special day – each and every day is Ishq-e-rasool (pbuh) day. The parliamentarians require to bring peacfull solutions to Pakistan and not debate on creating religious holidays.

    Recommend

  • Hro
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:51PM

    We appreciate it

    Recommend

  • What_a_Joke!
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:51PM

    So if Govt starts declaring national holiday’s for all the days in the year when Islamic sentiments were hurt… soon there will not be a single working day left! Do you really think that declaring a national holdiay is the way of protesting?!! The only impact this is gonna have is on pakistani economy, nothing else !

    Recommend

  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @ Anwar

    Too bad we ain’t jewish. We would not have to work all year and the US taxpayer would foot the bill and bull

    Your country is dependent on American dole since 1950s.Why pick on Jews? Jews got more than 180 nobel peace prizes. How many Muslims- forget Pakistanis have this honour.

    Recommend

  • Noman
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:28PM

    wow what an ignorant move!

    Recommend

  • karma
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Wonder why Muslims can’t just register protest and move on.

    Cow is sacred to Hindus, but many slaughter and eat cows. In 2010, a TV series (South Park) in US showed Buddha snorting Cocain in a public park. Many movies have been made that question Biblical accounts of Jesus Christ. Many Indian gods are depicted in funny manner or insulting manner. Magazine Onion made a cartoon titled “No One Murdered Because Of This Image” showing Mosess, Jesus, Buddha and Lord Ganesh indulging in an orgy. there are many more such examples.

    But, None of the above has resulted in people being beaten up or deaths. In fact, even the protests were muted.

    Condemnation, nonviolent protest are the right of every one in democratic societies. But, to beat someone, resort to violence, hate speech, even kill someone etc. aren’t something that can be accepted by any civilized society.

    Muslim societies will only cut their own nose by resorting to such forms of protest.

    Recommend

  • Raj - USA Sofa King Dumm
    Sep 19, 2012 - 7:52PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Keep your points to yourself. Why don’t you focus on India, Hinduism, and their problems. Have you ever heard of Christian missionaries being attacked in India? I guess you have not!

    Recommend

  • Faaltu mein khwam kha
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:05PM

    its a dishonor to Prophet to just dedicate one day,it should be one month at least,if not the whole year.

    Recommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:16PM

    There already was a strike planned. It was a good move by the government to declare it a holiday to avoid untoward incidents. People really need to grow up and stop blaming PPP for all social ills.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Raj – USA Sofa King Dumm:
    Why? Truth hurts ?
    Yes I have heard of Bamyan Bhuddas destroyed by the so called good muslims. I see regularly videos of Muslims slaughtered by Muslims. I do not consider Pakistanis representing Muslims when they are the ones now bringing bad name to Islam throughout the world. Tell me one good thing Pakistani Muslims have done that has brought good name to Islam. Just one example that was and being practiced would do. Not just preachings and quoting from Koran.

    Recommend

  • Mmnkk
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:48PM

    The day the US and NATO leave AF, Pakistan canre-establish itself as leaders of dark age.

    Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 19, 2012 - 8:57PM

    @Raj – USA Sofa King Dumm:

    For your information, I have studied in Catholic College in India. This college was in the center of a Muslim locality. So, I had many classmates who were Muslims and we were all friends. I have said this long time ago in ET. BTW, have you heard of South Korean Missionaries abducted in Afghanistan a few years ago. Some of these Missionaries were also killed. It happened just 4-5 years ago.

    Do you have a problem if what is applicable to others also apply to Muslims?

    Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:01PM

    why muslim leaders are not asking for boycott of USA, France, Gemrnay & Denmark products.

    Recommend

  • Mirza
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:10PM

    I would work extra hard on September 21 as ‘Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh)’ day to express reverence for Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). By working hard and honestly I can do express myself a lot better than sitting at home, or destroying property. We need another holiday like a fish needs bicycle.
    In fact I want to work hard and honestly to celebrate each day of my life as as ‘Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh)’ day. Why limit myself to love the prophet for one day a year only? I hope I am not committing blasphemy by working hard and make an honest living.

    Recommend

  • Baba Ji
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Islam ki khidmat … a long weekend … why not declare Sunday a working day in the Mohabbat of the prophet … we will stay illiterate for times to come !!!!

    Oh and before the rants come in I am a practicing muslim ….

    Recommend

  • MALICK
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:29PM

    the Ishq e Rasool is not strengthened by holidays, but by upholding human rights, dignity of human lives and public office holders discharging their duties honestly instead of indulging in corruption, loot and plunder and swearing oaths of allegiance on Holy Book to uphold constitution and not respecting or following the constitution in letter and spirit. Our Rasool (Peace be upon Him) stresed upon honesty, humility and respect for others, which we do not follow. Those who take false oaths on holy book and give false evidence commit perjury and blashphemy, not those who belong to other faiths.

    Recommend

  • Extremist
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:01PM

    A very good step by our popular government. This government is reflecting the will of the people and isnaha’allah will come into power for five years once again by the blessings of the Prophet (PBUH). Not just for five years, but for many, many tems insha’allah and we will continue to live and proposper under its able guidance for decades insha’allah.

    Recommend

  • Extremist
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Very good step by our popular government. Government is acting according to the will of the people an will insha’allah come into power once again for five years with the blessings of Allah. No only five years, I pray that we have this government for many, many decades to come so taht we can continue to live and prosper under this great government, Ameen. Aik Zardari, sab pay bhari!!!

    Recommend

  • Karella
    Sep 19, 2012 - 10:54PM

    FIRST WITCH
    When shall we three meet again?
    In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
    SECOND WITCH
    When the hurly-burly’s done,
    When the battle’s lost and won.Recommend

  • romeo
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Holiday…………..ridiculous…..raja was too late in banning YouTube in Pakistan whereas Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh did it fast. The best way of protest to ban YouTube once and for all until YouTube management duly apologies and amend their policies Recommend

  • khadeja
    Sep 19, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Declaring a holiday on Friday by the GOVT seems an effort to prevent people from participating in the demonstrations. People are not demanding a Holiday on Friday but to expel US embassies , ambassadors and US presence in Pakistan and Muslim world .

    Recommend

  • usama asghar
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:03AM

    mashallah govt take very gud step bravoooooo

    Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:43AM

    And innocent ppl will suffer again. The ppl on the street will show again how peaceful Islam is and burn everything to the ground.

    Recommend

  • TDWPakistan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:19AM

    How about showing your love with your prophet by cleaning your streets, building clean toilets at your schools and working an additional day in week? That way you will have collective improvement of thousands of hours whereas if you do not work on even regular work day you would be that many hours left behind!

    Recommend

  • Noor
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:20AM

    One word for these law makers. ‘Idiots’

    Recommend

  • syed
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:28AM

    @Raj – USA:
    your argument makes sense… logical but not true in exact manner. hindus do not allow slaughtering a cow you agree for it even if it is practiced in india in an unwanted and blasphemous manner?… most of religions allow certain diet which hinduism doesn’t. i bet you will protest if this is done in unwanted manner in a hindu dominant society. this is how it is. point is that, no one should be allowed to disgrace other religious figures, as far as preaching is concerned its fine. everyone should have this right and they do. don’t you think television channels ant preaching their favorite religion? they do. watch star plus and others….

    Recommend

  • LIAQAT ALI
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:36AM

    Oh seculars of Pakistan; you have no guts to stand up and do the right thing.Bunch of hypocrites you are. This is PPP doing just to regain some populairty using peoples emotions , exploiting Islam once again; Remember ZAB declaring Ahmadis non muslims and friday as holidya.Why to blame mouvis and illiterates then.I say again ; moulvies are doing the right thing from their most narrow perspective — but seculars are just being coward and hypcrite as today as always since Forties.
    So my dear IT crowd wake up and tell your leaders to mend their ways or we are doomed.Film is the most disguting not watcable and to be condemned , but you know what , they produced it exactly muslims reactions in mind. Now they are laughing at us — and I am crying at PPP— the liberal and secular.

    Recommend

  • syed
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:55AM

    all praise to Allah the almighty and peace and love to His prophet Mohammad PBUH. besides condemning the cheap act of film making i must say i am surprised to see how Muslims are reacting to this matter. for those this matter is just about playing politics they are doing it for those this matter is just about calculation of profit and loss after the announcement of this holiday they are also not behind in garbing the opportunity to become as good an economist as was that idiot filmmaker, and what is the economic progress even if this holiday is taken away from the script? Pakistan was not threating America or china economy wise anyway. for Muslims economy comes after being alive and Mohammad comes before living at all. My question is that there is always an opportunity cost involved in economic decision making even. Would it be a wise move to let the anger build up in people and flow around without a direction? it would be more violent then. don’t you think that a controlled evacuation of the emotions is better then out of control flames of hatred? Don’t you think (if you are a Muslim of course) that Mohammad SAW was and is declared far more superior then the families , lives and all other loveable things of Muslims? for those this matter is about enjoying heated discussions on media they are doing it. But trust me for those this is a life and death matter they need an outlet to evacuate their anger and its better if it is governed by the authorities themselves. the conspiracy theory of Illuminati is also alive again in a way as it was predicted in you tube videos far earlier that on this September eleven satanists who are disguising themselves under the veil of all religious groups and parties will arrange something nasty on this September eleven as they have to perform this ritual after every 11 sun years. you may watch the numerology of Illuminati video yourself if you want to inquire further in to it. what is worrying for all of us is the response towards Muslims towards matter. surely there should not be blind and innocent killings and violent protest . but the matter is far too serious then just to protest for the sake of it.
    May Allah Guide us to what is best for Mankind.
    Ameen.

    Recommend

  • TDWPakistan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:15AM

    it was no zial ul haw qho had declared Ahmadis as non muslims, it was the same PPP and its founder who had done that, so I am not surprised with this spineless nonsense

    Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 20, 2012 - 6:16AM

    @syed:
    I think Muslims in Pakistan know very little about Hindus. Your statement that hindus do not allow slaughtering a cow is wrong. It is only that Hindus do not slaughter cows themselves. You get beef in almost all cities of India, even today. You can regularly see cows trucked in lorries and taken to slaughtering houses. Hindus do not eat Pork also. Most Hindus eat chicken and mutton although many wrongly believe all Hindus are vegetarians. I agree that Hindus do not like cows slaughtered but if you do it away from the hindu community areas, there is no problem. Have you ever heard of even one restaurant that serves beef being attacked in India? I have not. You can also buy beef and pork in super markets in India.

    On preaching of religion, Hindus do not have a problem with preaching of any religion. There may be rare exceptions in certain pockets. But you cannot compare exception to a rule. What Hindus have a problem is with forced conversions. There is also a problem when you try to convert someone deceivingly or disgrace other religions to influence and achieve conversion. Christians also have this problem with Muslims. Every religion preaches something good and it is good for everyone to know the good preachings from all religions.

    The problem comes when you want a right for yourself and deny it to others and even punish them for wanting their rights. This is the problem today in Pakistan amongst the various sects of the same religion also.

    Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:00AM

    Even Manmohan Singh should announce a holiday on 21st in India, protesting the film. Also a Fatwa should be issued by the parliament of India on the heads of those who participated in the making of that film.

    Also the name of the country should be changed from India to Islamic republic of India.

    Recommend

  • khursheed ahmed siddique
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:06AM

    Sir,

    By observing Ishqe Rasool Day, our responsibility is over or we have more love to our Nabi.
    The crusade against Islam will be over forever and the culprits are brought to justice as per Shariah law. All our Islamic Governments are remained duty bound to it or not?

    Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:40AM

    @Abdullah who writes “why muslim leaders are not asking for boycott of USA, France, Gemrnay & Denmark products.”

    You should set a precedent by boycotting the usage of internet and your mobile phone and computer.

    Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:50AM

    PPP government is simply playing to the gallery, with this decision.

    Does the decision to have a holiday impact the person/s who made the movie ? No.
    Will it stop anyone from making another one ? No.
    Will it pressure the Western government’s to take action against the film makers ? No.
    Will it raise Pakistan’s standing amongst Muslim nations ? No.

    Which country has lost one day’s GDP with this holiday ? Pakistan
    Which country cannot afford to lose even one day’s GDP ? Pakistan
    Who stands to gain something with this decision ? Pakistan government in appearing to do something about the matter.
    What will people who are so vociferously protesting and destroying public property ? Its a long weekend. People will go to their villages and take another couple of days off. Its been so long since the week long eid holiday.

    Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 20, 2012 - 9:07AM

    @syed:
    @Raj – USA Sofa King Dumm:

    I have one direct question to both of you and also all other Pakistani Muslims and would appreciate direct answer and not any indirect interpretations or justifications.

    Pakistan’s constitution prohibits blasphemy against Islam and blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death penalty.

    My question is that if this blasphemy law apply to blasphemy of other religions also. For instance, if a Muslim commits blasphemy against Hinduism or Christianity, will the muslim person committing blasphemy against hinduism or christianity be punished.

    My understanding is that according to Pakistan’s Constitution you can commit blasphemy against any other religion as much as you want but cannot do so against Islam. If I am not correct, please quote or point out to me the exact words in the Constitution (not your interpretation) that specifically mention so. Also, in all these 65 years has even one FIR been recorded against any muslim for blasphemy of any other religion other than Islam.

    I hope you understand the my question as you both have raised issue of Christians in India. Can you point out even one word in Indian constitution where an act committed by hindu is not a crime but it becomes a crime if committed by a muslim? Is it not true that this is not the case in Pakistan?

    Recommend

  • Amjad
    Sep 20, 2012 - 9:09AM

    Peace full protest against USA
    1. Hang the responsible person for this act in USA
    2. If peoples in USA allow to say any thing than why Christians and Israeli feel for comments on there relgious scholars when others say.
    3. Pakistan must call the OIC meeting and passed the resoulution on this USA act.
    4. Pakistan must forward a resulution to condmen this act of USA and France in UNO.
    5. Pakistan must kick back ammabsodor of USA and France from PAkistan.
    6. Muslims have full right to take revenge from USA on each and every Cost if USA can not stop there some stupid people.USA govt must hang these peoples by there Courts.
    Message for all world : NO Compromise on respect of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

    Recommend

  • Anam
    Sep 20, 2012 - 9:48AM

    Well good to hear THE holiday, but seriously that is all our government can do? what about poor ppl earning on daily wages? that does not make any sense.

    Recommend

  • Nagpuri
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:12AM

    @Yaida M:
    I was going to recommend while year off as ther can’t be any day without ishq e rassol, right?

    Recommend

  • Nagpuri
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:19AM

    @Abdullah:
    Only product made or invented there too? Like Internet, computers, automobiles, airplanes, electricity, modern medicine, nuclear bomb, pants ,shirts, democracy, English language, machines, cricket, hockey, fertilizers, etc.

    When are you going to start?

    Recommend

  • UHS
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:37AM

    @Raj – USA:
    You seems to have a lot of free time.Recommend

  • antony
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:37AM

    @Amjad , i appreciate your spirit . Can you mobilise more people to feel like you and act against America and west ..We in India will be immensely pleased as all the good will comes to India automatically for any territorial disputes.

    Recommend

  • Ammarah Bashir
    Sep 20, 2012 - 10:39AM

    This is for everyone who is questioning about why the government has declared a national holiday. I, including many others, think that it’s because of the potential threats of disturbances across the country on Friday.

    Government had to choose between “safety of civilians” and “hunger of daily wages labor civilians” and it has chosen the former option as usual. We shouldn’t condemn this action; instead think that why we, the responsible, 49.9% of Pakistan’s blessed, educated civilians are unable to take care of the poor around us. Government had to choose one, they chose us. For a nation like Pakistan, the contingency plan for daily wages earners has still not been established.. till this happens STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING ON YOUR OWN!

    Saying all this I am not supporting our government, saying this I am declaring that we don’t have any high hopes from our present and future government cabinet.

    Recommend

  • Ammarah Bashir
    Sep 20, 2012 - 11:02AM

    This is for everyone who is questioning about why the government has declared a national holiday. I, including many others, think that it’s because of the potential threats of disturbances across the country on Friday.

    Government had to choose between “safety of civilians” and “hunger of daily wages labor civilians” and it has chosen the former option as usual. We shouldn’t condemn this action; instead think that why we, the responsible, 49.9% of Pakistan’s blessed, educated civilians are unable to take care of the poor around us. Government had to choose one, they chose us. For a nation like Pakistan, the contingency plan for daily wages earners has still not been established.. till this happens STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING ON YOUR OWN!
    ..
    Saying all this I am not supporting our government, saying this I am declaring that we don’t have any high hopes from our present and future government cabinet.

    Recommend

  • Omer
    Sep 20, 2012 - 11:13AM

    another holiday? are mqm, anp, ji are not content enough to bring such joyfull occasions to karachites? i guess not, because govt thnks that there is margin for one more holiday. Unless OIC members take a collective stand nothing will deter the west. atleast not a public holiday

    Recommend

  • Xara
    Sep 20, 2012 - 12:03PM

    what good would it bring…. if you really want to protest then dnt shut down ur own industries but say No to Nato Supply

    Recommend

  • Muhammad Amin
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Dear Sir, It is admirable decision of the Government. Seminars highlighting the virtues of our beloved Prophet be arranged through out the country and all embasseys. This day should be observed every year.

    Recommend

  • Azhar Ali Malik
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Well all i can say THIS IZ NOT A SOLUTION the problem would not solve until muslims countries GOVT. would not sit togahter and they would not work on same aganda west need arab counties and this is a point we cant get togather all muslim countries should show thier loyality to the Propht MUHAMMAD PBUH.
    In my personal opinion this iz the point we can get to gather if muslim countries will not show unity then they will make thinngs lik that every month and we cant do nothin so muslim countires should make a law about our religious matter about ISLAM about our BELOVED Prophet and go to UNO and fight till it solve.
    the public are making a protest wich is valued and they are showing thier expressons and love but it would not work out till the countries govt would not shake the USA and those peopls whom are making propaganda.

    Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:48PM

    @Atheist:
    we are here for a gr8 cause so i humbly request to administrator of this site plz banned the people who are somehow speaking against this cause bcz they are the our enemies and hypocrite b/w us and they call it their fundamental rights even when they can’t bear the wrong words against their parents then how we can bear their barking against beloved Prophet Muhammad( S.A.W.W ) who is the most respectful personality in the world and if we honestly measure then we will find him the most sincere person with the world and their teaching equalize all humanity no difference even b/w president and normal people and it’s not end if i have to define his personality and teaching jst regarding how much he is beneficial for us then i believe words will be finished. i don’t believe someone can have hate in his heart for such a person who his kind and sincere with all humanity.

    Shame on you

    Recommend

  • JAM
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:04PM

    @Raj – USA:

    see what Pakistan Panel code says.. this law is applied to all religions… it does not allow blasphemy to any religion… i hope you get your answer… so correct your understanding..

    295. Injuring or defiling place of worship, with Intent to insult the religion of any class:
    Whoever destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction damage or defilement as an insult to their religion. shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

    295-A. Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs:
    Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the ‘religious feelings of any class of the citizens of Pakistan, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations insults the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, or with fine, or with both.

    Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:30AM

    @JAM:
    If what you say is the actual law, I stand corrected. However, there is no mention of death penalty in what you have mentioned. I have heard in numerous TV talk shows and discussions and have also read in several news items where blasphemy of only Islam and Holy Prophet were mentioned. Blasphemy of any other religion was never mentioned or discussed.

    Thank you for your information. I sincerely appreciate it.Recommend

  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 21, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Does Pakistan government cerebrate that blocking the mobile phone services,peaceful protests and condemnations are the permanent and forever solutions of this problem???????
    Wow what the very funny thinking of Pakistani leaders is this if they think so!!!!Recommend

  • Azi
    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:39PM

    @Faaltu mein khwam kha:

    Yeah why not a whole year. Lets protest every single day and do zero work. Money and food will just flow in from nowhere to feed families. You mullas are the reason this country is in so much trouble right now

    Recommend

More in Pakistan