KARACHI/RAWALPINDI - A conglomerate of religious and politico-religious parties on Sunday organised a mammoth Namoos-e-Risalat (PBUH) rally in the metropolis and demanded of the government to immediately withdraw the private bill seeking amendments in blasphemy law. The leaders of these parties announced to hold public meeting and Long March on 30th January in Lahore, if the government would not accept their demands. Hundreds of thousands of people belonging to all religious schools of thoughts attended the rally and warned the government to desist from becoming a party to the conspiracies hatched to repeal blasphemy laws. They vowed that they would not tolerate any conspiracy to amend the blasphemy law and were ready to sacrifice their lives for the sanctity of Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The participants of the rally were carrying the portraits of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, assassin of Salman Taseer, flags of Jamaat-e-Islami, JUI-F, outlawed Jamaatud Dawa and were chanting the slogans of Death to Blasphemer and Down with USA.The participants urged the government to immediately free Malik Mumtaz Qadri from the detention. The leaders of Tehreek-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (TNR) Maulana Fazlur Rehman of JUI-F, Dr Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair chief of JUP and TNR, Munawwar Hassan of JI, Allama Jaffar Subhani of outlawed ITP, Qari Hanif Jalahandari of Wafaqul Madaris, Pir Abdul Khaliq of Markazi Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat, Qari Ahsan and Amir Hamza of Jamaatud Dawa, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Haleem Adil Sheikh of PML-Q and others addressed the rally. Addressing the mammoth rally at Tibet Centre, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman demanded the withdrawal of the private bill that was tabled in National Assembly seeking amendment in blasphemy law. He urged President Asif Ali Zardari to immediately dissolve the parliamentary committee to review the blasphemy law and warned that the people of the country would not tolerate any word spoken against the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Maulana said that evil forces want their agenda implemented in Pakistan to violate the sanctity of Prophet (PBUH) and declared that entire nation is united to protect the name of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Chief of JUP and TNR, Dr Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair said that historical meeting of TNR was the referendum against those who wanted to repeal the blasphemy law. He said that we are ready to sacrifice our lives to protect the sanctity of our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH) and warned that that they would not allow the conspiracy to make amendments in the blasphemy law. JI Chief Munawwar Hassan said that the movement to protect the law was completely peaceful and asked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to give the policy statement on the floor of the house regarding the blasphemy law. Describing the proposed amendments in blasphemy law as foreign agenda, Syed Munawwar Hassan said the governments move would be resisted at each forum. He asked the PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif and MQM chief Altaf Hussain to support the Tehreek-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (PBUH) and to represent the sentiments of 180 millions Muslims of the country. Qari Ahsan of outlawed Jamaatud Dawa said that we couldnt compromise on the blasphemy law saying that it was a divine law and nobody can change it. He said that Beralvis, Deobandis, Shiites and Muslims belonging to all religious schools of thought are united to protect the blasphemy law. Ahmed Khan, 21, student of Mass Communication, present in the rally said that we are united to protect the sanctity of our beloved Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Holy Quran. He said that Mumtaz Qadri was not a murderer; he is our leader and hero and urged the government to immediately release him from the detention. The rally which was taken out from Numaish Chowrangi peacefully ended at Tibet Centre under the tight security umbrella as the large number of police and Rangers personnel were deployed across the route of the march. In Rawalpindi, hundreds of Sunni Tehrik (ST) activists held at a protest demonstration on Benazir Bhutto Road (BBR) in favour of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the alleged killer of Salman Taseer, and demanded of the government to release him. The rally was led by ST Rawalpindi Ulema Board Chairman Allama Ghufran Mehmood Sialvi while scores of other activists including ST City Convener Allama Atta ur Rehman Dhanial, Mufti Sulman Rizvi, Syed Inayat ul Haq Shah, Pir Sarkar Ge, Allama Farooq Chishti, Mufti Khteeb Ahmed Al Azhri, Raja Shujah ur Rehman Advocate, Malik Abdul Rahuf, Sahibzada Shahid Mansoor, religious scholars belonging to different schools of thought, Shabab-e-Milli Pakistans office- bearers and workers and a large number of seminaries students took part in the protest demonstration. The protestors were holding ST flags, portraits of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, banners and placards inscribed with slogans Jurat or Bahaduri, Mumtaz Qadri, Mumtaz Qadri and Aashiq-e-Rasool (SAW) Ko Reha Kero. While addressing the protestors, Allama Ghufran said that the Muslim Ummah presented a salute to Malik Mumtaz Qadri for killing the governor on account of committing blasphemy. He said that the ST would provide legal and constitutional support not only to Qadri but also look after his family members. If Mumtaz Qadri is given death sentence, the whole nation will besiege the Parliament House, Allama Ghufran said. He said that ST was against terrorists and terrorism and demanded the shifting of case of Malik Mumtaz Qadri from anti-terrorism court to some other court saying, Qadri did not commit any act of terrorism for which he was being presented before ATC. He mentioned that the President and Prime Minister should address the reservations of people by making announcement that blasphemy law would not be amended. He also demanded of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to provide security to the family members of Mumtaz Qadri. ST Convener Allama Atta ur Rehman held the government responsible for current bad law and order situation in the country. He urged the members of NGOs not to promote western culture in Pakistan and avoid unnecessary interference into religious matters of Muslim. He paid rich tributes to district bar associations members on showing their willingness to appear before the court on behalf of Qadri during his first appearance. Allama Atta ur Rehman and Raja Shujah ur Rehman also appealed to the masses to gather outside ATC tomorrow (Tuesday) at Rawalpindi at 9am to pay homage to their hero Qadri upon his appearance before the judge. ST activists mess on BBR not only caused traffic blockage on BBR but also triggered massive gridlocks on the adjacent roads including Mareer Hassan, Mareer Chowk, Liaquat Road, College Road, Ganjmandi and City Saddar Road causing problems for commuters and pedestrians. Police, on the occasion, made comprehensive security arrangements to tackle any untoward incident.