PESHAWAR - Like other parts of the country, political parties and religious outfits Friday carried out protest rallies to condemn the sacrilegious caricatures published by a French magazine Charlie Hebdo, demanding the government sever diplomatic ties with France.

Activists of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) after Friday prayer took out a protest rally from Mohabat Khan Mosque and marched towards Khyber Bazaar. The infuriated activists chanted full-throated slogans against the French government, West and Jewish lobby for deliberately hurting sentiments of millions of Muslims across the world by publishing blasphemous caricatures of the last Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The protest rally was led by JUI-F Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Gul Naseeb Khan, Khairul Bashar, religious leaders and party's other provincial leaders. They were holding placards and banner inscribed with slogans against French magazine and Jewish lobby.

Addressing the protesters on the occasion, the JUI-F leaders said that West and anti-Islamic forces from the day first were bent upon hatching conspiracies against Islam. They said that no Muslim can tolerate the desecration of beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

 They warned the western world, especially the government of France, against publication of profane cartoons.

They also criticised the Pakistan government for keeping silence over the issue and asked it to expel the French ambassador from the country. They also urged upon the Muslim leaders to convene an emergency meeting of the OIC and give a stern response to France and West. The protesting leaders also urged the international community to end their silence over this issue and declare it a crime globally.

Similarly, on the call of Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, his party workers took out a Hurmat-e-Rasool (sanctity of the Holy Prophet SAW) rally.

Chanting full-throated slogans against the French and Israel governments for desecrating the Holy Prophet (SAW) the participants warned the western world to abstain from hurting the feelings of Muslims. The rally, led by JuD Peshawar Ameer Haji Iqbal, Ghazi Inamullah and Press Secretary Sadaqat Hussain, started from Fawara Chowk and ended at the press club.