1 killed as Pak protest turns violent

In Peshawar thousands of students and teachers joined several protests against the film

Written by Agencies | Islamabad,kabul | Published: September 18, 2012 1:15 am

One person was killed in violent protests against an anti-Islam film in northwest Pakistan on Monday even as the Supreme Court directed authorities to block access to contents from the movie on YouTube and other websites.

A man was killed and two more were injured in a reported exchange of fire with police during a protest in Upper Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest. A mob of nearly 1,000 people also set on fire a press club and a police station during the protest.

In Peshawar,the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,thousands of students and teachers joined several protests against the anti-Islam film. The protesters shouted slogans against the US,burnt American flags and blocked roads by setting tyres on fire.

Members of the Islami Jamiat Talaba,the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami,were among those who joined the protests. The demonstrators also called for the film to be banned.

Police tightened security all around the mission as hardline groups announced plans for more protests in Karachi. At least 44 policemen,besides 11 protesters,were injured in the clashes,said Mohammad Iqbal,Additional Inspector General (Sindh),adding that three of them were admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.

Protests continued in Afghanistan and Indonesia as well with demonstrators burning US flags and chanting “Death to America” on Monday.

Indonesian police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who massed outside the US Embassy in Jakarta,capital of the most populous Muslim nation.

In Kabul,thousands of protesters took to the streets,setting fire to cars and shops and throwing stones at police.

“We will defend our Prophet until we have blood across our bodies. We will not let anyone insult him,” said one protester in the Afghan capital. “Americans will pay for their dishonour.”

The demonstrations were the latest across the world provoked by a short film made with private funds in the United States that depicted the Prophet Mohammad as a fool and womaniser.

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