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UN leader condemns 'hateful' anti-Islam film


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UN Chief Ban Ki-moon — AP Photo
UN chief Ban Ki-moon. — Photo by AP

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned the “hateful” anti-Islam film that he said was deliberately intended to incite bigotry.

Ban is “deeply disturbed” by the eruption of deadly anti-US violence in Libya and other Middle East countries caused by the film which mocks Islam, a UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci said.

“Nothing justifies such killings and attacks. He condemns the hateful film that appears to have been deliberately designed to sow bigotry and bloodshed,” the spokeswoman added.

“At this time of rising tensions, the secretary general calls for calm and restraint, and stresses the need for dialogue, mutual respect and understanding.”

The film sparked an attack in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi, clashes in Yemen in which four people were killed when demonstrators tried to storm the US embassy and violent protests outside the US embassy in Cairo.

The film denigrating the Prophet Mohammed was promoted by evangelical and Coptic Christians living in the United States. The suspected producer is a Coptic Christian living in California.

The US government has strongly condemned the film.

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Mukesh Sep 14, 2012 01:07pm
Why are muslims not protesting against the Pakistani mullah who burned Quran to frame an innocent Christian girl? Why is this mullah still alive and is not stoned to death? Are there double standards for insulting religion in Islam?
r.s.soni Sep 14, 2012 09:37am
picture Innocence of Muslims is not in good taste. it should not be seen by pakistanis
ibadatkhan Sep 14, 2012 07:52am
All nations of the world should understand such sensitive issues and refrain from provoking Muslims around the world. They should not pose any tension by instigating sensitive matters particularly related to religion rather they should give respect to Islam and other religions so that people should live with peace and harmony.
SAEED KHAN Sep 14, 2012 10:01am
Mazher A. Khan Sep 14, 2012 05:21am
The Western Powers should amend their constitutions to dis-allow freedom to insult other religions. The UN should ensure this rather then hollow statements. USA should not forget their disgrace in Vietnam. The world Powers must not forget how they are running away from Afghanistan.
Akn Sep 14, 2012 09:32am
US govt has refused take any action on film makers as their right to expression.
bendintheriver Sep 14, 2012 05:01am
I saw the movie and to say the least it is totally repulsive, horrible and mischievous. It has been made with a motive to hurt the sentiments of Muslims and create what it did. America is a great nation and what happened in Libya cannot be condoned. The perpetrators of that crime should be booked but America should try all those involved in the movie as abettors to the death of the ambassador. The whole situation is so shocking and the worst tragedy one can imagine.
kya khail Sep 14, 2012 08:04am
the poodle has been despatched on a damage limitation exercise.
Kashif Sep 14, 2012 05:16am
What is the role of Media over here.. Why didn't they showed their protest against it.. Why are they silent. .. Are they only here to exaggerate the new of Rajash Khana or shows the fake news of anti Islam.. Remember that if you are Muslim.. you will be liable to answer on this issue on the day of judgment.