Supporters of the religious party Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat listen to the speeches of their leaders during a protest rally against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. they say mocks the Prophet Mohammad, in Karachi September 30, 2012.
Supporters of the religious party Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat listen to the speeches of their leaders during a protest rally against an anti-Islam film made in the US they say mocks the Prophet Mohammad, in Karachi September 30, 2012. - Reuters Photo

KARACHI: At least 5,000 people rallied inKarachi on Sunday to denounce a US-made anti-Islam film and the publication of blasphemous cartoons in France, police and witnesses said.

Police beefed up security for the rally, which was organised by the Sunni extremist group Ahle Sunnat wa Al-Jamaat, while paramilitary forces also deployed.

“Beheading is the only one punishment for blasphemy,” read one banner. “We demand all French and US diplomatic missions shut in Pakistan,” said another, as protesters shouted: “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the honour of Prophet Mohammed!”

Senior police official Amir Lodhi said that “about 5,000 people were in the rally”, adding that organisers made assurances they would not march towards the US consulate.

The rally dispersed peacefully, an AFP reporter said.

The crudely made “Innocence of Muslims” movie has sparked angry and at times violent demonstrations across the globe.

Meanwhile French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, further inflaming Muslim sentiment.

Pakistan experienced the worst of the violence over the film when nationwide rallies mobilised more than 45,000 earlier in September, many members of right-wing religious parties.

At least 21 people were killed and 229 wounded, mainly in clashes with police.

Updated Sep 30, 2012 01:59pm

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sf
Oct 01, 2012 04:24am
The purpose of these cartoons and movies is to provoke the peoples sentiments of Islamic countries and these organisers unfortunately are playing into their hands. The Govt. should take strict actions to control such demonstrations, It only helps the provokers.
Amir
Oct 01, 2012 05:46am
The film was made by an Arab Egyptian. Why not protest against the Egyptians? Why is America the target?
JAVED
Sep 30, 2012 08:20pm
you are right, muslim must protest peacefully
Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 30, 2012 05:48pm
thousands rally in karachi over ant-islam film every week is nothing but playing polotics and gain sympathy for the religious parties to gain more seats and power in karachi.
pasha
Oct 01, 2012 10:48am
Dear Human beings here we need to learn and make it in mind, only the film maker will make benefit and about others they will loose money, time, life,property, happiness,relationship for such type of nonsense movies, first the film maker has to be punished, what the hell right he has to pull out some ones innocent life story.................
Reader
Sep 30, 2012 05:15pm
#Cyrus Howell..... I completely agree with you. Such action encourage idiot film makers to create more havoc in islamic countries knowing full well how they will react. And it's not just the loss of life, the impact of loss of working day, dmage to properties and public institutions of a country whose govt is bankrupt because of curruption within govt institutions. Will they ever learn? I doubt it!
Jamal
Sep 30, 2012 05:17pm
The best has yet to come
Jamal
Sep 30, 2012 05:16pm
Get over this, get a life, and please co exist peacefully
BHB
Sep 30, 2012 02:53pm
Must be a weekend.
Cyrus Howell
Sep 30, 2012 03:58pm
Pakistanis denounce a US-made anti-Islam film and the publication of blasphemous cartoons in France . To the best of my knowledge these films are made by people in the West who want no more Muslim immigration. There will be more films probably. . . So why kill 21 people and wound 229? When you do that, you let the film makers and bigots win.