Love for Prophet (PBUH) Day

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KARACHI – A complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed in Karachi to observe ‘Love for Holy Prophet Day (PBUP) on Friday. All big and small bazaars, markets remained closed as religious and political parties took out rallies in each area of the city, condemning the anti-Islam movie. The Pakistani government already declared holiday on Friday to observe ‘Youm-e-Ishq Rasool’, appealing the public to hold lodge their protest against blasphemous movie. Following the theme of the day, hundreds of protest rallies, organised by various religious and political groups of the city, were taken out from every corner of the city. In this regard, Muttahida Bain-ul-Muslimeen Forum staged protest out the side the Karachi Press Club. Alama Abbas Kumeli, Mulana Asad Deobandi, Mulana Asad Thani, Waseem Aftab, Abdul Hassem, Mulana Shah Feroz-ud-Din Rehmani, Bishop of Karachi Sadiq Denial and many others attended and addressed the rally.Jamat-e-Islami (JI), MQM, Mutahida Bain-ul-Muslimeen Forum, Majlis-e-Wehdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM), Sunni Tehreek, JUP, Jamat-u-Dawa, Ahle Sunnat Wajamat, Tehrek-e-Insaf, Jamt-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan etc participated in the protest rally. After Friday prayer, the protesters turned violent, burning the private and public property including banks, patrol pumps, police mobiles, vehicles and other property in various areas of city.The religious and political parties had given the strike call, which was supported by trade organisations, market associations, transporters and petrol/CNG stations, shutting their all business voluntarily. Even, all the trade activities on Karachi sea port remained closed as export and import trade, bazaars, markets, and small business remained shut in each area including Saddar, Clifton, Defence, Korangi, Empress Market, MA Jinnah Road, Kharadar, Korangi, Orangi, Liaqatabad, Sohrababad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Landhi, Gulistan-e-Johar, Tariq road and others areas of city. Even small roadside vendors and other cabins were also closed. The patrol pumps and CNG stations too were closed. The roads gave a desert look as public and private transport remained off the roads and buses, mini buses, coaches, taxies and rickshaws and private vehicles did not turn on the roads. The police and administration closed MA Jinnah road and other roads leading to red-zone area including US Consulate, CM House and Governor House for all kind of traffic by placing containers on roads. Heavy police contingents were deployed at the entry points of Red Zone as some rallies were scheduled to be taken out in the afternoon.The angry protesters also burnt tyres, US flags, effigies of US President Barack Obama and producers of the sacrilegious film and chanted slogans against the filmmakers. The Saddar area was centre of protest as all the rallies from various areas turned their processions to the Numaish Chowrangi, MA Jinnah road and Karachi Press Club. The protesters turned violent on MA Jinnah road also, where they started throwing the stones on the public and private buildings, banks and cinemas.  The protest rallies of JUI-F, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Shia organisations and other groups were all on MA Jinnah road and there was no difference was witnessed between them during procession.The miscreants turned the peaceful processions into violent as they started pelting stones on the police, setting police mobiles just outside the Chief Minister House in red zone area of city.Meanwhile, the political leaders, religious Ulema and civil society organisations have strongly condemned the violent protests and burning of the public and private property. In a message, MQM chief Altaf Hussain has appealed to the people and political workers to lodge their protest peacefully as violence was against the norms of Islam.Similarly, the Jamaat-e-Islami, JUI-F and others have also condemned the violence and burning of public and private property.

The Nation

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