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A demonstrator throws a tear gas shell towards riot police during a protest against an anti-Islam film in Islamabad, Sept 21, 2012. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Friday summoned acting US Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland and registering a formal protest, demanded of the US government to remove the anti-Islam film from social networking and video-sharing website YouTube as well as punish those involved in its making, DawnNews reported.

The Foreign Office handed over a démarche to Hoagland in protest against the anti-Islam film on behalf of the Pakistani government.

The démarche stated that the film, said to have been made in the US, was akin to an attack on the world's 1.5 billion Muslims.

Pakistan moreover stated that the film aimed at fanning hatred among the people of different faiths and demanded the US government to take steps for the film's removal from YouTube.

The government also demanded that action be taken against the film’s author and against those involve in its making.

On the occasion, Hoagland said the US government and leadership had condemned the anti-Islam film severely, adding that, a majority of the American people viewed it as offensive to the religious sensibilities of the world's Muslim population.