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Demonstrators march at a protest rally in Islamabad on September 22, 2012,  against a US-made anti-Islam film.  —AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of Pakistani protestors staged new demonstrations Saturday against a US-made anti-Islam film, a day after at least 23 were killed and over 200 injured on the government designated Yaum-i-Ishq-i-Rasool.

The protests were peaceful, in contrast to the previous day’s demonstrations.

More than 5,000 protesters marched towards the parliament in Islamabad, including hundreds of women, chanting “We love our Holy Prophet” and “Punishment for those who humiliated our Prophet”.

Some 500 people from the hardline group Jamaat-ud-Dawa staged a protest in front of the US consulate in the eastern city of Lahore, chanting “The US deserves only one remedy -- jihad, jihad”.

Religious groups said they were also planning demonstrations in Karachi, the scene of the worst violence on Friday, after the funerals of some of those killed during the protests.

Protests against the film “Innocence of Muslims”, which disrespects the Holy Prophet (PBUH), have erupted across the Muslim world and tens of thousands took to the streets across Asia and the Middle East Friday as Western missions closed amid fears of violence.

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Sep 22, 2012 06:56pm
This is not love, this is craziness. Most people who claim to love the Prophet and are ready to die for him have been brainwashed from childhood, have never bothered to read his life history, and are somehow directly or indirectly linked to Madressah education, which are known to produce such automatons. They have turned religion into a vicious cult. Having said all of this, I do believe (but not agree) on their right to protest, so long as it remains perfectly peaceful.
Sep 22, 2012 05:31pm
yes they are doing their job
Sep 22, 2012 02:22pm
at last some common sense hehe
Sep 22, 2012 11:30pm
No Lali it does not ,you do not have to kill people and burn down shops to show your love for the Prophet (PBUH)
mohammad hamza
Sep 22, 2012 03:09pm
It is a weekend ( Saturday ) please
Sep 22, 2012 04:04pm
Saturday is a weekend. Think but think wisely and if you are not from the region look into its timing and culture first.
Sep 22, 2012 03:33pm
These people may or may not have jobs but the love and affection they have displayed for their beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said it all ,No other religion have such a respect for their Prophet. Lali
Sep 22, 2012 05:49pm
This is Muslims priority more than anything else.. mr. BHB
jalind desai
Sep 22, 2012 05:44pm
they do, but when there is a question regarding islam , everything is aside, including life even
Nazish Islam
Sep 22, 2012 03:43pm
Their job is to protect the blasphemy of Prophet S.A.W.W) and they are doing very well.
Neer Nayan
Sep 22, 2012 05:53pm
Religious sentiments must be respected with utmost reverence! All rational beings across the world feel hurt. Let us all pray for the enlightenment of the responsible ignorant, and equally unfortunate, deviant fools!
Sep 22, 2012 03:33pm
Now this how the world will notice the protest and Islam and its followers will be seen in new light.Way to go.
Sep 22, 2012 01:40pm
Do these people not have a job?
Sep 22, 2012 04:37pm
Not everything can be measured in, or the pursuit of, money.
Sep 22, 2012 11:41pm
Yes, but they also killing fellow muslim in the name of islam. what did they acomplish by these demostration except killing fellow muslim ,destroying buisiness, looting banks. Thats how the world see them as abarbarian, uncivilized citizen of the world.
An indian muslim
Sep 22, 2012 11:23pm
Lali I am sure you are a non-secular Pakistani as no secular human can aver, "No other religion have such a respect for their Prophet" . Got to know why religious minorities are persecuted in Jinnah's Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Sep 23, 2012 01:30am
respect yes, but the way they showed their respects on friday was a total disgrace...what they did on friday was far from being respectful, is that how ISLAM should be portrayed?...killing your own people, buring down your own buildings, smashing car window?...there's a way of showing respect and love for religion...if you portray your religion in a decent manner without having to be violent, then yes one can easily say these people do respect and love our religion...
Sep 22, 2012 03:42pm
there jobs are not worth than our Prophets so keep ur silly interrogations with ur self plxx...
ahmed zaib
Sep 23, 2012 01:16am
it is their job PERFECT
Sep 22, 2012 04:27pm
That is their job!!!!
Sep 23, 2012 12:33am
Just a handful of violent protesters contribute to the global perception that most Pakistanis are religious fanatics with a tendency for violence. Press mostly reports what is sensational. Feels good to see so many civilized Pakistanis protesting with restraint. The maker of this movie must be ashamed of himself.