Demo against blasphemous cartoons tomorrow

Demo against blasphemous cartoons tomorrow

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Malik Ayub Sumbal
Sunday, May 16, 2010 
From Print Edition
ISLAMABAD: The journalist community announced a peaceful demonstration in front of Parliament House tomorrow (Monday) to protest the blasphemous cartoons by a website.

A website Facebook is organizing a competition of the blasphemous cartoons on May 20, 2010.

Syed Munawar Hassan, ameer Jamaat-e-Islami while taking to The News said, “Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba will start countrywide protests against these blasphemous caricatures from today (Sunday) and I have discussed this issue with a number of diplomats here in Pakistan.”

He said this is not the freedom of thought and freedom of expression but actually an act to hurt the whole Muslim community across the world. Munawar Hassan said that this is also not a problem of a single religious party but it is question of the religious emotion of more than 1.5 billion Muslims.

When asked by The News Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, a religious scholar, said, “This is a conspiracy of the non-Muslim actors against Islam and they are trying to mentally torture the Muslims by adopting such kind of tactics and cheap actions.” He said we will definitely launch a peaceful protest.

Mufti Muneeb said that the organizers of these blasphemous cartoons should be punished and a case against them should be registered in the international court.

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan said, “The Muslim community should raise their voice against it and the government should take this issue at the international level.” He said that such kinds of activities hurt the emotions of the Muslim community.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam also announced his party’s participation in the protest organized by the journalist’s community on Monday. He also said that they will launch a movement against this incident internationally.