Muzaffarabad Peaceful

Muzaffarabad Peaceful

21 September 2012
Greater Kashmir
Tariq Naqash

Muzaffarabad: Thousands of people poured onto the streets in all cities and towns of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on Friday to record their protest against the anti-Islam film, but unlike other parts of country no incident of violence was reported from anywhere, officials said. People burnt US flags and effigies of the US president and the makers of anti-Islam film and called upon the OIC to rise to the occasion and struggle for global legislation stipulating death penalty for the blasphemers of any religion or religious personality, they said. Apart from the shutter down strikes and demonstrations, private and public transport also remained off the roads across PaK, officials and witnesses said. In Muzaffarabad, small and big processions taken out from almost all neighbourhoods converged in the main thoroughfare outside the district headquarters complex. Participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans condemning the despicable act and expressing their love and affection for the Last Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Most activists of religious parties were holding their respective flags as well. A large number of women and girls staged a demonstration in the nearby girls higher secondary school. Expressing wrath and indignation against the shameful act, representatives from all walks of life made it clear that the Muslim Ummah would not accept anything short of death sentence for the blasphemers. They regretted that weaknesses and disunity of Muslim rulers had spurred the anti-Islam forces to go to such an extent and it was high time they sat together to combat this situation in a befitting manner. The speakers also rejected US government’s clarification on the issue, saying, a country which did not tolerate legitimate criticism of the Zionists was giving lame excuses to the Muslims in this regard. Calling for closure of the US missions in Pakistan they also urged the Islamic World to muster up courage to boycott the country (US) which was virtually encouraging anti-Islam propaganda under the garb of so-called policy of freedom of expression. In Mirpur, PaK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed led the rally. He asked the international community to take concerted steps to discourage such sacrilegious acts if it wanted emergence of durable peace across the globe.