Hafiz Saeed approaches Pak court over anti-Islam film

Last Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 23:44

Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on Friday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, asking it to direct the Pakistan government to approach the International Court of Justice against the makers of the anti-Islam film `Innocence of Muslims`.

Saeed said in his petition that US President Barack Obama had condemned the movie in his speech at the UN General Assembly but had strongly defended the constitutional protection for the freedom of expression.

"Mere denial of the Holocaust is a crime in many Western countries as a German author and historian Ernst Zundel spent seven years of his life behind bars for expressing his views about the Holocaust," he contended.
Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on Friday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, asking it to direct the Pakistan government to approach the International Court of Justice against the makers of the anti-Islam film `Innocence of Muslims`.

Saeed said in his petition that US President Barack Obama had condemned the movie in his speech at the UN General Assembly but had strongly defended the constitutional protection for the freedom of expression.

"Mere denial of the Holocaust is a crime in many Western countries as a German author and historian Ernst Zundel spent seven years of his life behind bars for expressing his views about the Holocaust," he contended.
Some commentators have suggested he is preparing to enter politics though the Defence of Pakistan Council.

Twenty-three people were killed and property worth billions of rupees was destroyed during recent violent protests against the anti-Islam film in cities across Pakistan.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 23:43
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