LAHORE - Protests continued against the release of anti-Islam movie on Thursday as the whole staff of the Regional Tax Office Lahore staged rally in the lead of FBR Union in front of their office against the profane video, urging the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take up the issue with the United States seriously.

The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with words against the filmmaker and chanting anti-US slogans. They blocked the roads and chanted slogans against the US and its allies. The blockade resulted in massive traffic jams for more than half an hour. The protesters demanded the government to sever diplomatic relations with the US and expel its diplomats from Pakistan.

Addressing the protesters, Federal Revenue Alliance Employees’ Union (FRAEU) Central President Mian Abdul Qayyum, expressed his concern over the release of the blasphemous video and said that such disrespectful acts will negatively affect world peace. Strongly condemning the profane video, he said that the whole nation is protesting while the government has not taken any appropriate action against it. While any discussion denied the Jewish Holocaust is strictly prohibited in the West, Muslims are expected to respect freedom of speech on a matter of their faith. While Muslim do respect and give due regard to the followers of other religions, others do not reciprocate in the same manner.

He said that there is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the leadership of the entire Muslim world. He said ‘we respect all religions and strongly condemns the movie that disrespects our religion.