KARACHI – Thousands of people rallied across Pakistan on Sunday to denounce an anti-Islam film with protesters burning US flags and effigies of President Barack Obama, and calling to sever ties with Washington.At least one person was killed and eight injured in Karachi when police opened fire on a rally heading to the US consulate, while another person was killed in Hyderabad.Thousands of people crossed all security barricades and reached the US Consulate for registering their protest against the anti-Islam film. The protesters pulled down the US flag and hoisted flag of “Labaik Ya Rasool Allah” at the consulate.A clash between law enforcement agencies and activists of Shia organisations Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) started at Mai-Kulachi Bridge and continued for more than one and half hours.Police and Rangers opened fire at the protesters, which also included women, children and old citizens, but they failed to stop the rally participants from moving towards the US Consulate, despite killing of one protester, namely Raza Raqvi, and injuries to eight others.During the rally the participants protested outside the US consulate and pelted the consulate’s building. A police check post was also set on fire during the protest. They chanted “Down with America”, “We will sacrifice our lives to safeguard the honour of the Prophet” and “Hang the film maker”. After killing of a protester the violent people burnt nine vehicles, including four police mobile vans. Richard Silver, a spokesman for the US consulate, said there had been no damage or injury to any personnel at the mission. Also in Karachi some 1,500 people joined a rally organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI).Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) leaders, including Amin Shaheedi, Mulana Sadiq Taqvi and Mulana Baquar Raza, led the rally. The MWM leaders said that the protesters wanted to present a memorandum against the blasphemous film to the officials of the US consulate peacefully, but the indiscriminate use of power by the law enforcement agencies infuriated the peaceful protesters.Mulana Sadiqu Taqvi told The Nation that the indiscriminate firing on the protesters was started on the directives of DIG Police Mushtaq Mehar. “Police used tear gas, aerial firing and water cannons against the protesters to stop them at the already-blocked roads leading to the US consulate. Police showed brutality towards even women and children,” he said.Speaking at the rally, the leaders of MWM and ISO reprimanded the approach that stimulates filmmakers to make such blasphemous films for hurting the sentiments of Muslims all over the world. They said that the US government was behind this move that has damaged interfaith harmony across the world.“The satanic polices of the US government is responsible for all the problems of human being in the world. All Muslims are required to get united against the evil forces. Islam teaches us to respect the beliefs and faiths of other people,” they said.After hoisting their flag at the US consulate, the MWM leaders asked the participants of the protest rally to gather near the Numaish Chowrangi to observe a sit-in. The murder of a protester was another reason for the rally participants to gather there.On this call, the protesters gathered at Numaish Chowrangi and staged a sit-in which was also participated by the religious leaders of various other Muslim schools of thought. Some angry protesters threw stones at the security officials and set four police mobile on fire. City police chief Iqbal Mehmood said they had arrested at least 20 people.The poorly produced movie entitled “Innocence of Muslims” has sparked fury across the Islamic world for mocking the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and for portraying Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.In Hyderabad, different groups staged protest demonstrations. On passers-by was killed by indiscriminate firing by some unidentified furious men. A mob also attacked a hospital and wounded a Christian driver of a hospital ambulance.Thousands of people gathered in Lahore, the second biggest city of Pakistan, to condemn the movie. Organised by the banned charity Jamaat-ud Dawa, which is seen as a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the protest remained peaceful.Addressing the rally, JuD leader Hafiz Saeed demanded US diplomats be expelled from Pakistan and accused the US of conspiring against Muslims. He also announced plans to hold a long march towards Islamabad on the issue but did not give any date.In the southwestern city of Quetta, the JUI and pro-government Balochistan Muttahida Mahaz (BMM) party held separate demonstrations. In the central city of Multan, local traders held a rally and burnt effigies of the film-maker and controversial US pastor Terry Jones, who has promoted the film.Some 500 protestors also rallied in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, where the local chief of Jamaatud Dawa, Maulana Abdul Aziz Alvi, described the movie as “shameful”. Police have beefed up security around US missions in Pakistan after violent attacks on American consulates and embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen this week.