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Anti-US Qur'an protests spread to Pakistan

2012-02-24 15:03

Islamabad - Hundreds of Pakistani religious and hardline activists took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate against the burning of Qur'an at a US airbase in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Demonstrators shouted "death to America" and called on Pakistani leaders, US allies in the Afghan war, to resign with rallies organised in Islamabad, Karachi and the central shrine city of Multan, AFP reporters said.

In Islamabad, the general secretary of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) demanded that the Islamic world should review its relations with the United States.

"We will not allow Americans to ridicule our religion and our holy Qur'an," Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri told the crowd, asking the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to convene a special session to condemn the incident.

The foreign ministry strongly condemned the burning, stressing that "utterly irresponsible and reprehensible things" do not happen again.

"On behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan, we condemn in strongest possible terms the desecration of Holy Qur'an" in Afghanistan," spokesperson Abdul Basit told reporters.

In Karachi, hundreds of activists of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, blacklisted as a terror organisation for associations with al-Qaeda, chanted "Death to America".

Apology not accepted

"There is just one remedy for America - jihad and only jihad," the crowd shouted. "Death to America, death to America's friends," echoed slogans.

The demonstrators were carrying flags with black and white stripes and inscribed with Qur'anic verses.

They also held up banners, one of which said: "The defeated Americans are bound to bite dust in their war against Allah and His Book."

President Barack Obama was on Thursday forced to apologise for the incident, which the Afghan presidency blamed on a US officer at the Bagram airbase.

"We don't accept Obama's apology. The Muslims don't accept his apology, as it is nothing but a farce," said Naveed Qamar, the head of JuD in Karachi. "The Americans are deliberately provoking us through shameless sins," he added.

"It is now up to our rulers whether they continue to be slaves of America or become slaves of our beloved prophet."

In Afghanistan, at least 15 people, including two American soldiers, have been killed in three days of furious anti-US protests.

Pakistan's relationship with the United States drastically deteriorated last year over the covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden and US air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border.

Comments
  • malibho - 2012-02-24 15:51

    When have muslims ever desecrated the bible?

  • malibho - 2012-02-24 15:57

    Ask the millions of innocent kids of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam etc how WMD's should be used. Who put the Arab dictators like Mubarak in power? Who are the Saudi's closest ally?

      wesleywt - 2012-02-24 16:48

      Mubarak came into power after the assassination of Anwar Sadat. So the answer is Muslim terrorist put him into power.

      Fred - 2012-02-24 16:54

      Try living in Waziristan. Take some of your girlfriends with you. Let us know how it works out, if you come out of there alive without being stoned to death, that is.

      Viman Singh - 2012-02-25 00:12

      Malibho, its people like you who spread hatred and fear that give islam its bad name when islam is a religion of peace love and giving. Im so sad

  • Irene - 2012-02-24 21:34

    I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to. I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..

      Khalid - 2012-03-03 10:54

      You see Irene we love life, but we love death more, you can try and shoot us and crush us and call us names, but only when true peace and real love enter your very soul will you understand us , this world is a passage nothing more , life is not the end all and be all , the laws of the Qur'an are gods words, the last prophet,(yes there were others Jeesus,Moses,Adam..) couldnt write and many listened to him and passed on the message, to this day the word is the same as it was those thousands years ago, not 1 single change, you people(unbelievers of judgement) rape the world and permeate sin , you will not be redeemed , no1 dies for your sins , you make your own destiny and have planted your own tombstone, what we see wrong you think is right, so do what you want to us , follow the Americans , live life for all it is , but your reckoning will come ,as will every1 who ever breathed air

  • Viman Singh - 2012-02-25 00:07

    Okay...now before we all fight about religion, we should realise God made all of us. Thats the most important thing. We should forget about our differences and treat each other as human beings. Religion is important but humanity is most important. No religion including islam preaches death. We people interpret things wrong. Mohammed (PBUH) never teach hatred. His teaching was just as beautiful as those of Jesus Christ. Now lets spread some love.

  • Khalid - 2012-03-03 10:55

    We love life, but we love death more, you can try and shoot us and crush us and call us names, but only when true peace and real love enter your very soul will you understand us , this world is a passage nothing more , life is not the end all and be all , the laws of the Qur'an are gods words, the last prophet,(yes there were others Jeesus,Moses,Adam..) couldnt write and many listened to him and passed on the message, to this day the word is the same as it was those thousands years ago, not 1 single change, you people(unbelievers of judgement) rape the world and permeate sin , you will not be redeemed , no1 dies for your sins , you make your own destiny and have planted your own tombstone, what we see wrong you think is right, so do what you want to us , follow the Americans , live life for all it is , but your reckoning will come ,as will every1 who ever breathed air

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