By Theodore Shoebat
Months ago I had reported how Hilary Clinton was living in an utter fantasy when she had said that both the U.S. and the Pakistani people are partners against terrorism. What has the Pakistani government been doing now?
According to Reuters, on Friday Pakistan had declared a “Day of Love” for the prophet Muhammad, and the president of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf, said that an attack on the founder of Islam was an “an attack on the whole 1.5 billion Muslims”.
All this has done is legitimize the riots of the Pakistani populace. The Pakistani foreign ministry had even called on the U.S. Chargé D’Affaires Ambassador Richard Hoagland, and told him that the American government need to swiftly take action in having the video on the prophet Muhammad outlawed, and that the film’s producers needed to be punished.
How has the Pakistani people responded to the video? Some said that anybody who attacks the prophet Muhammad should be punished with dismemberment. And even a church was burned down. Reuters reports:
In Pakistan, tens of thousands of people joined protests encouraged by the government in several cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan and Muzaffarabad.
The bloodiest unrest erupted in the southern city of Karachi, where 10 people were killed, including three policemen, and more than 100 wounded, according to Allah Bachayo Memon, spokesman of the chief minister of Sindh province. He said about 20 vehicles, three banks and five cinemas were set on fire.
Crowds set two cinemas ablaze and ransacked shops in the northwestern city of Peshawar, clashing with riot police who fired tear gas. At least five people were killed.
In Mardan in the northwest, police said a Christian church was set on fire and several people hurt.
Mohammed Tariq Khan, a protester in Islamabad, said: “Our demand is that whoever has blasphemed against our holy Prophet should be handed over to us so we can cut him up into tiny pieces in front of the entire nation.”
Security forces fired in the air in Peshawar and the eastern city of Lahore to keep protesters away from U.S. consulates. Police fired tear gas at about 1,000 protesters in Islamabad.
USA Today also stated:
The government temporarily blocked cellphone service in 15 major cities to prevent militants from using phones to detonate bombs during the protests, said an Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Blocking cellphones could make it harder for people to organize protests as well.