ISLAMABAD, Sept 22: Activists of Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) rallied on Saturday to protest against the anti-Islam film produced by a US national.
A large number of residents of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, including women and children, gathered at D-Chowk on Saturday to condemn the movie.
Earlier, they gathered outside Liaquat Bagh, carrying portraits of Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri, party flags, placards and banners and chanting slogans in favour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and against the US administration, the film producer and Pastor Terry John.
They also chanted slogans against US President Barrack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not taking action against the film’s producer, who had hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims.
Chief of Tehreek Minhaj-ul-Quran Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, during a telephonic address, commented that just a few extremists had highjacked the ‘day of reverence’, turning it into a violent mob.
He said that these extremists were followers of Osama bin Laden as Osama had maintained silence over the issue of blasphemy.
Furthermore, he added that the recent pictures of the British princess, published in a magazine, had led the court of France to announce the punishment of the responsible persons, but the European countries had made no effort to punish the people behind the movie.
He also recommended that the United Nations should make a universal law regarding holy personalities of all religions since it was not an issue of freedom of speech but of the respect of religions.
“It is a punishable crime to talk about the Holocaust in most of the countries of Europe. Similar laws regarding Holy Prophet (PBUH) should be made as he is holy for 1.5 billion Muslims of the world,” he said.