RE - Sunday was observed as another day of protests in provincial metropolitan against blasphemous caricatures contest by some Western countries on social network websites Facebook and Youtube.
In this regard Tanzeem Mashaikh Pakistan (TMP) took out a protest rally titled 'Azmat-e-Rasool (PBUH) from Edgerton Road to Lahore Press Club in which a large number of men, women and children including Sufi Saleem Naqashbandi, Ilyas Qadri, Sufi Farzand Ali, Dr Arshad and Lasani Welfare Foundation (women wing) workers participated.
The protesters were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against blasphemers and their patron countries including America and Europe. They also chanted slogans against the governments of US, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Speaking to the participants Tanzeem Mashaikh Pakistan district coordinator Rashid Naqashbandi demanded of the government to expel ambassadors of the countries who were involved in blasphemy. On the occasion Syed Ahmed Nadeem said they would not take rest until the accused of blasphemy are punished. He said the government was silent on the issue because of their vested interests. The protesters demanded of the government to take stern stand on the states, which were involved in this evil designs against Muslims and also urged the people to boycott the products of accused countries. On the occasion, the participants prayed for peace in the country and reiterated their solemn pledged to leave their lives according to the teachings of Islam.
Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool organised a conference at Azam Cloth Market wherein people from various walks of life participated.
Addressing the conference, convenor of the Tehrik Ameer Hamza stressed social boycott of the accused countries, which they mainly count US, Denmark, South Africa, Norway and Sweden. He demanded of the government to ban Facebook permanently. He also urged the Muslim world to unite against this shameful activity by enemies.
At a rally by Tehrik-e-Tahufuz-Haqooq-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, Mian Hanfi Saifi said OIC and UNO were using delaying tactics in initiating strict action against blasphemous caricatures so the Muslims should stage massive protest demonstrations against the development. He said the Muslims World did not accept the routine wise apologise of the accused cartoonists. He demanded of the government to withdraw her diplomatic relations with accused countries and to raise the issue in international court of justice.
On the other hand leader of Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam Hafiz Shoaib-ur-Rahman said that UNO should constitute law to stop blasphemous campaign. He also demanded of death sentence of the accused cartoonists.
Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz in a meeting strongly condemned the blasphemous caricatures competition and demanded a permanent ban on social networks websites including Facebook and YouTube to uphold the honour of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), while Al-Sabria Foundation will organise a protest on Monday (today) wherein Allama Mufti Zia-ul-Habib will address the demonstration.