Pakistan protest death toll rises to 15

2012-09-21 20:02

Karachi - At least 15 people died and nearly 200 were wounded in Pakistan during violent protests on Friday condemning a US-made film insulting Islam, defying a government call for only peaceful demonstrations, officials said.

Nine people were killed in Karachi, the country's largest city, and four in the north-western city of Peshawar, hospital officials said.
The combined total of wounded in Karachi, Peshawar and in the capital Islamabad was 195.

Doctor Mohammad Shafqat of Karachi's Jinnah hospital said that it had received four dead bodies and 65 people with injuries, with more wounded arriving.

Doctor Mohammad Ayub at the Civil hospital, said his medics had received five dead bodies, including that of a police officer, and at least 40 injured.

The policeman was killed in an exchange of fire with protesters in Karachi, the country's largest city, police official Mohammad Shakeel said.

Condemning film

Thousands took to the streets in a series of different demonstrations across Karachi, home to an estimated 18 million, to condemn the film, "Innocence of Muslims".

Scuffles broke out when protesters tried to march towards the US consulate, throwing stones at police and trying to remove shipping containers that blocked the road, police said.

Officers fired off tear gas shells and fired into the air to disperse the crowd, but three policemen were wounded by gunfire from an unknown direction, Shakeel said.

In the north-western city of Peshawar, the Lady Reading Hospital said it had three dead, including a TV station employee who was shot when protesters set alight and ransacked a cinema.

Doctor Farman at Khyber Teaching Hospital, who used only one name, confirmed that another body had been brought in after the demonstrations.

Hospital doctors in Peshawar gave a combined total of 60 people wounded.

Calls for peaceful protests

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said he had ordered an investigation into the TV station employee's death and repeated government calls for protests to remain peaceful.

ARY, the man's employer, accused the police of murder.

"We consider this incident murder. We strongly condemn it. The policeman involved in the firing incident should be arrested immediately and sacked," said senior ARY executive Owais Tohid.

The channel broadcast disturbing footage of its employee, clearly in a critical condition and receiving urgent medical care in hospital.

  • aiazmir - 2012-09-21 21:36

    I am not religious, but I can understand how people would be incensed by their religious leader being depicted as a wanton womaniser. The US has failed in its responsibility to curb inflammatory views of its population. Inevitably, it is about the US's view that other countries and views do not matter. There lack of respect is deplorable and this will incite the Muslim world to take violent action. Imagine a film produced by a Muslim country depicting Jesus as a nymphomaniac gay. The US owes the Muslim world an apology.

      gary.landman - 2012-09-21 22:05

      Your very opening statement shows how naive you are, You are not religious, but when the hordes of muslim enforcers come to your neighborhood, you WILL be religious, i.e. MUSLIM, or you will be dead! As for your other ill informed thoughts, remember that the US government is a government of the people. It is not an oppressive regime. The citizens of that fine country have freedom to express their views. When is it that the muslim world is going to apologise for their "loving" and "peaceful" comments about the West? Remember that YOU are a part of the West, and will be dragged through the streets and bumf****d just the same as the US ambassador in Benghazi was. Do not think that there will be a watered down discussion about your private little belief or non-belief. You are one of us my friend..and you will be treated as such! It is time for people with a little spine to stand up for what is right, and free, and filled with hope, Not some disgusting female denigrating, child molesting, stone aged misery that fools like you believe is a religion of love and peace.Why do you believe that there is a lack of respect on the part of the US? Why is it that there are Muslims free to practise their religion in the US even after the 9/11 horror, but christians, copts, bhuddists and others are executed every day in the muslim miasma. Wake up and get ready for your re-education. On second thoughts, post your address and I will send you a ticket to the middle-east, so you can practise

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-22 09:34

      The X-rated Paradise of Islam

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-22 05:54

    Seriously...some pepz just dont have brain capacity to realize that creating havock at your slums wont make those in peaceful carlifonia, manhattan, bervely hills and miami to even watch the international news...instead it will just chase dollar citizens from tourism dependent muslim country like egypt, jordan and uae.

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