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Demonstrators in Pakistan protest peacefully against anti-Islam film

Published Sep 22, 2012 01:19pm

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.