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Thousands rally against anti-Islam film in Pak

Last Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 21:41

Karachi: Thousands of people marched through streets of Pakistan`s biggest city Karachi on Saturday to protest against an anti-Islam film that angered Muslims across the globe.

Workers of some religious parties marched through the M A Jinnah road with banners and placards denouncing the US and the film and also trampled American flags.

They also chanted slogans including "Hang the American film maker" and "We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the honour of Prophet Mohammed".

The rally ended peacefully without any incident of violence.

Mufti Muneeb one of the leaders leading the rally said the anti-islam film needed to be denounced all over the world as it was vitriolic and promoted hate and violence.

Shafiq Ahmed, a senior police officer, said that the permission for the rally was only given after the leaders of the religious parties assured them it would be a peaceful one.

"We estimate they were around 20,000 people in the rally but the figures could be higher," he said.

Pakistan experienced the worst of the violence last Friday when nationwide rallies mobilised more than 45,000.

At least 21 people were killed and 229 wounded, mainly in clashes with police.


First Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 21:39

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