LAHORE/KARACHI The stage is set for a complete shutter-down strike from Khyber to Karachi on Friday (today) as major traders bodies have assured full support to the leadership of mainstream religious and political parties for making the strike a success. Tehreek Namoos-e-Risalat (TNR), alliance of 60 religious and religio- political parties, has given countrywide shutter-down strike call to register protest against proposed changes in the Blasphemy Law. TNR has displayed banners on major roads, highlighting the issue and declaring Friday as a shutter-down day in support of its call. Besides closure of business centres, Hurmat-e-Rasool (PBUH) conferences will be held in major cities to throw light on the life and teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and highlight the importance of Blasphemy Act. Ulema and Khatibs will highlight the issue of blasphemy during Juma khutba. Resolutions will be passed during Juma congregations in support of Blasphemy Law and against move to bring any amendment. Rallies and demonstrations will be held across the country outside mosques after Juma prayers to express resolve for protecting Blasphemy Law. The controversy rose when Sherry Rehman submitted bill in National Assembly for amendment to Blasphemy Law. PPP MNA, while lending support to blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi, called for urgent amendments to the countrys blasphemy laws. The former federal minister for information and spokesperson for the PPP had submitted a private member bill in the National Assembly Secretariat that - among other things - intended to eliminate the death sentence for those convicted of committing blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and replace it with a 10-year imprisonment. President Asif Ali Zardaris top representative in Punjab, Governor Salmaan Taseer added fuel to the fire when he said Pakistans Blasphemy Law was not God given, but man-made. His remarks came following a meeting with Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy. Taseer called blasphemy an offence, but said falsely accusing someone of committing it is an even greater offence. An All Parties conference was convened in which leaders of 60 parties belonging to all sects and a number of political outfits attended and launched TNR. The TNR warned the government against making any changes in the blasphemy law and vowed to resist any move from the government directed at introducing new clauses or abolishing existing clauses. It also held a number of protest demonstrations. The APC called for a countrywide shutter-down strike on December 31 and declared that if the government failed to pay any heed to their demands, it would meet on January 9 to chalk out future course of action. Besides giving shutter-down strike call, various religious and political parties including Sunni Ittehad Council, Tehreek Hurmat-e-Rasool, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam will hold peaceful demonstrations and rallies across the country at important places including Press Clubs. President Karachi Traders Action Committee Siddique Memon has said that the local trading and business community as a mark of solidarity with Tehreek Namoos-e-Risalat will keep their businesses shut on Friday. He said that there are 580 big and small markets in the city and all will remain close on Friday. In Karachi, Sahibzada Fazal Karim, Haji Hanif Tayyab and Sarwat Ijaz Qadri will lead the rally. Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Pir Athar-ul-Qadri, Sahibzada Raza-e-Mustafa, Muhammad Ali Naqashbandi, Hasseb Qadri and Naeem Arif Noori will lead Tuhafaz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (PBUH) rally outside Lahore Press Club. Sahibzada Khalid Sultan will lead rally in Quetta, Akhlaq Jalali in Rawalpindi, Shadab Raza Naqashbandi in Faisalabad, Daud Rizvi in Gujranwala, Afzal Qadri at Gujrat, Mehfooz Mashadi at Mandi Bahauddin, Arif Saeedi at Sukhar, Safdar Gilani at Mianwali, Ajmal Gilani at Narang Mandi while Mufti Fazal-ur-Rehman will lead rally at Okara. Meanwhile, Central President JUP and Chief of TNR Dr Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair called on PML-F Chief Pir Pagara at Kingri House on Thursday to inform him about the plans of TNR. Pagara told Dr Abul Khair that present rulers were the representatives of people and they would certainly keep in mind the emotions and feelings of the people while dealing with this sensitive issue. JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said that any official move to abolish the unanimously adopted Islamic provisions of the 1973 Constitution or the Blasphemy Law would end up in the fall of the government. In a statement, he said the nation wont allow the rulers to undo the countrys Islamic identity under foreign pressure and would resist every step undermining national dignity. He stressed upon the masses, especially the traders community, to join the shutter-down strike on Friday for making it a real success, adding that protection of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)s sanctity was not simply the responsibility of the political or religious parties, it was the religious duty of every Muslim. He said that the forces hostile to Islam were making poisonous propaganda against the Prophet of Islam and the nation must unite to prevent any amendment in the Blasphemy Law. He said that all political and religious parties, businessmen and traders besides transporters had already announced full support to the Friday strike. He was confident that the nation would demonstrate complete unity by closing all business. He said that the minorities in Pakistan enjoyed complete religious freedom and protection of their life, property and holy places. However, he said, it was the collective responsibility of the nation to stop any amendment in the Blasphemy Law to prevent mischief from any quarter. He noted that the Muslims wanted peace all over the world but the Zionists and the Hindus enjoying the US backing, were expressing their venom against Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) by indulging in blasphemy, thus hurting the Muslims sentiments.