» 09/22/2012, 00.00
PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Islamabad, "mindless" violence on the day of love for the Prophet: 23 dead and 200 wounded
The demonstrations which started peacefully, were derailed by militants and activists. In the capital, the rampaging mob burned four cinemas, six banks, four police cars, two restaurants, a lot of cars. Many buildings plundered. Several people embittered by killing "in the name of Allah." Electoral interests and power struggle behind the scandal of the anti-Islam film.
(AsiaNews) - "Stupid violence", "we are only hurting ourselves,"
"destroying our property to criticize a movie made in the USA",
"Shame on Pakistan: burning, looting, killing our people in ... name
of Allah! ": these are some of the comments in the " The Dawn" the
morning after a day of violence and death in the capital and other cities in
Pakistan, which have killed 23 people and wounded more than 200.
the Pakistani Government had launched a "day in the love of the
prophet," to criticize the anti-Islam film made in the U.S., considered
blasphemous towards Muhammad. But
various extremist groups of tens of thousands hijacked the event to violently commit,
murder, arson and theft in Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and other
previous day, prominent government and religious leaders urged people to
protest against the anti-Islam film in a peaceful manner. The
shock wave of violence began shortly after Friday prayers. The
demonstrations were led by various religious groups like the Jamiat
Ulema-i-Islam, Jamaat-i-Islami, Sunni Tehrik and the Majlis-i-Muslimeen
had promised to maintain peaceful demonstrations. But
later militants and activists arrived, to incite the crowds.
the capital, the rampaging mob burned four cinemas, six banks, four police
cars, two restaurants, a lot of cars. For
hours they continued to loot banks and other buildings along the route of the
police had set up blocks and checkpoints to protect the U.S. embassy, but
soon groups of militants, armed with sticks and stones, began to attack the
police cordons. The
police first fired tear gas, then fired into the air, finally they fired live
ammunition into the crowd. Tree policemen were
among those killed.
other cities like Lahore and Karachi, the protesters tried to get close to the
U.S. consulate, but were pushed back by the police.
to several analysts, the protests sparked by the anti-Islam film has become an
opportunity exploited by religious groups to increase their influence and power
in the elections. Along
with these, there are also bands only interested in destabilizing the
government and marginalizing rival groups.
other cities such as Cairo and Kuala Lumpur, demonstrations were held in entirely
Islamabad, hundreds take to the street against Islamic extremism
Protesters demand the government clamp down on bigoted and extremist religious groups that promote violence and intolerance.
Faisalabad, Muslim-Christian march for peace and religious freedom
Peaceful protesters take to the streets of the city calling for an end to sectarian violence. Condemnation against the blasphemous film that sowed death and destruction. Christian leader: "negotiations" for peace and greater state presence. Muslim politicians: the government must promote respect for ethno-religious "diversity".
Pakistani Christians: day of fasting and prayer for the release of Asia Bibi
Sponsored by the Bishop of Islamabad, the event is scheduled for January 30. The same day, Islamic fundamentalists have launched a "national protest" against changes to the blasphemy law. Bishop Anthony: We want to promote "peace and harmony" and the release of the Christian woman.
More blood in Peshawar. Christians pray for victims and peace in the country
Yesterday morning a car bomb struck the town market, not far from the All Saints Church, place of the massacre of 22 September. At least 33 people dead and 70 wounded in the third attack in a few days. The Bishop of Islamabad: "Pakistan is at the crossroads; remain united against terrorism".
Religious attack in Pakistan. Six dead in the Shiite festival of Ashura
Mortar bombs destroyed two homes in Hangu in northwestern Pakistan. Today, the Shiites remember the death of Husayn ibn Ali, grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala. The area is known for frequent clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
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