Violent mobs set afire six cinema houses in Karachi, Peshawar
[Dawn] Angry demonstrators set fire to at least six cinemas in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Friday amidst violent protests as the country marked a day of protests against an anti-Islam film.
Protestors attacked Capri, Nishat and Prince cinemas in Bloody Karachi, as they marched on the main M.A. Jinnah road in the city's downtown area.
According to DawnNews, Capri and Nishat cinemas were partially damaged while Prince cinema was set afire by violent mobs.
...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
one protester was maimed when a cinema guard opened fire as angry crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles converged on the Firdaus picture house, smashing it up and setting furniture ablaze, police officer Gohar Ali told AFP.
Witnesses said a rampaging crowd stormed the Shama cinema, smashing windows and setting it on fire.
When the protestors reached Arbab Road in the thriving provincial capital, they attacked Capital cinema. The mobs broke down the cinema's main gate and set fire to its screen.
Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets across the country after the government called an impromptu public holiday to let people protest.
Security in the country was tight, with shops and businesses closed and usually busy streets deserted, after calls from all the major political and religious parties for a day of protest.
The authorities shut down the mobile phone network in major cities across the country in an effort to avoid violence.
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