PESHAWAR – On the second consecutive day on Saturday, activists of different political parties held protest demonstrations and rallies in different parts of provincial metropolis Peshawar and adjacent Khyber Agency.

Criticising the US and Jews for sacrilegious film, the infuriated protestors asked the government to sever diplomatic ties with America and raise the issue at international level in the United Nations.

The religious parties including Jamiat Itehadul Ulama (JIU) Jamaat-e-Islami Ulema Wing, Pakistan Rah-e-Haq party and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam held separate protest demonstration in Peshawar. The JI Ulema Wing JIU, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter took out a procession from Al-Markaz Islami and staged a protest at main GT Road. The protestors led by Jamiat Itehadul Ulama provincial chief Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Qari Ahmad Saeed, Maulana Ghulamur Rahman, Haroonur Rashid and Israrullah advocate were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-US, and Israel slogans. Amid sloganeering ‘Nara-i-Takbeer Allah-o-Akbar’ ‘down with America’, ‘down with Israel’, the activists were waving off their party flags. Addressing on the occasion, JUI provincial ameer Maulana Abdul Akbar said that the US and its Jewish lobby through its mean tactics and heinous acts of mocking the Holy Prophets and revealed religion Islam, hurts the feelings of millions of Muslim across the world. He said that it was not the first time of the US and its allies to insult Islam and the holy reveled Book, rather the ‘wolf Americans’ have made it a routine, he added.

He asked to international community to play their role and immediately block the contemptuous film and hang the culprit down for this heinous crime. He also asked the US to excuse the Muslim Umma for this act, otherwise the US Embassies and Consulates across the world would be unsafe. He also urged the Pakistani government to expel the US Ambassador and cutoff diplomatic relation with the US. The protestors also set on fire the US national flag as a protest and vowed to render all kind of sacrifices but to protect the sanctity of the Holy Prophet and religion Islam.

Meanwhile, dozens of activists Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party, the former banned Sipah-e-Suhaba group took out a rally from Landi Arbab and reached Nauthia Phatak. The participants of the rally led by its central president Ibrahim Qasmi and Aminul Haq were holding protesting banners and chanted slogans against the ‘world biggest terrorists America, and Israel’. 

Addressing the protestors they said that it was time for the Muslims to wakeup and render sacrifices for the sake of religion and the last Prophet of Almighty Allah. He also regretted that today our own Muslim army were safeguarding the American pig in the US Consulate at Peshawar, rather the government should expel the US diplomats forthwith. Making this blasphemous film is not the first attempt, he said adding earlier they had also burnt the Holy Quran as well. He asked the government to halt the Nato supply route for the American and its allied forces in Afghanistan.

Similarly, in a separate statement the ANP provincial Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, and Muslim Doctors’ Wing provincial president Dr Noor Khaliq Wazir strongly condemned the controversial film, urged to block the film and execute the culprit. With this contemptuous act feelings of millions of Muslims were hurt, he said and warned the anti-Islam forces not to try to play with the beliefs of the followers of a divine religion. Bilour also urged the international community to take serious notice of this sacrilegious act and ensure exemplary punishment for the filmmaker.

Dr Noor Khaliq said that the Muslim Umma could never remain silent over the blasphemy of the last Prophet of the Allah, and vowed to render any sacrifice for this cause. Like elsewhere in the country, a protest demonstration was held here in Landi Kotal to strongly denounce anti-Islam American movie.

The protest really was organized under the auspices of Jamaat-e-Islam (JI) Landi kotal chapter and was attended by hundreds of local faithful. They were holding flags and banners inscribed with different sayings like down to America, hang the blasphemer etc.

Addressing to the protestors JI naib ameer Fata denounce the repeated trend from the West of depiction the Holly Quran and the Prophet (PBUH). He also came hard on the rulers of Pakistan and asked them to forthwith expel the US ambassador from the country. “From Karachi to Torkham and to Bolan from Chitral all Muslims are united to uphold the honor of the Prophet and will never hesitate to sacrifice their lives for it.”

JI ameer Landi kotal Abdur Rauf Shinwari strongly condemned the mal-practice of the US citizen and stressed upon the Muslim to be united as the blasphemous pictures and movie was their test case for their faith. He called upon the Muslims to boycott the US commodities. The really was also addressed by the JI seniors leaderas, Muqtader shah and Banares Shinwari.

At the end the protesters marched till railway line Landi Kotal bazaar, set ablaze the effigy and dispersed peacefully.

During the protest the bazaar remained closed for one hour.