2,000 protest against cartoons in Multan
|MULTAN (Rantburg News Service): More than 2,000 howling turbans continued beating the Danish dead horse in a routine, by-the-numbers demonstration of Islamic thought in Multan. The frenzy, organised by Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, the Power Looms Association, Majlis-e-Shehriyan (MS) and Anjuman Tajiran, was held at Chowk Manzoor.|
The by-now obligatory cash prize was announced at the demonstration for the killer of the cartoonist. I announce a Rs 10 million cash award on behalf of the bar association for anyone who kills the blasphemer, said Syed Athar Shah Bukhari, the president of District Bar Association. As president of the bar association, Bukhari is presumably a lawyer, and knows that Pakistan has no laws against incitement to murder.
The protestors carried the usual placards and banners inscribed with witty slogans such as, End trade, diplomatic ties with blasphemous states, Down with the United States, Death to Denmark, Down with Israel. The protestors also burnt an effigy of US President George W Bush and flags of Denmark, USA, Norway, Italy and Israel.
Allama Khalid Mehmood Nadeem, Allama Inayatullah Rehmani, Rao Zafar Iqbal (Jamaat-e-Islami), Mufti Hidayatullah Pasroori (MMA), Intizar Qureshi (MS), Khaliq Qandeel Sindhu, central secretary general of the Power Looms Association, Akhtar Butt and Khalid Qureshi of Anjuman Tajiran addressed the rally, waving their arms, rolling their eyes, and spraying the first six rows with spittle. We will continue our protest till the arrest of people who drew these blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (
PTUI PBUH) whether the Danes have laws against such things or not! We are ready to lay down our lives for this sacred cause, said Rao Zafar Iqbal, who made no immediate moves to lay down his life.
Posted by: Fred 2006-03-13