JK denounces blasphemous film
Widespread Protests In Both Regions Of State; Clashes In Maisuma, Nowhatta, Babademb, Baramulla; US, Israeli Flags Burnt
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Sep 14: Massive protests broke out across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday against a blasphemous film reportedly made by a Jew in the US with people burning the flags of America and Israel. Authorities put separatist leadership under house arrest to prevent them from joining the protests after many separatist groups had appealed people to protest peacefully against the film after Friday prayers.
Protests started in Srinagar when hundreds of lawyers of High Court Bar Association (HCBA) took to streets and held strong protest demonstrations against the film. They started their protest from High Court, marched through the city center Lal Chowk and ended it at Press Enclave. They were marching peacefully and chanting slogans “Down with America and Israel.” The lawyers boycotted the courts.
The HCBA President Z A Qureshi, Ex-President M. A. Qayoom and Z. A. Shah said such acts cannot be tolerated. Soon after the Friday prayers, protests erupted in Nowhatta, Maisuma, Hazratbal, Alamgiri Bazaar, Abi Guzar, Sarai Bala, Bemina, Parimpora, Pantha Chowk and other places in Srinagar.
The protesters were chanting slogans against US and Israel and torched flags of both countries.
Protests in several areas erupted despite heavy deployment of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). “The protests were by and large peaceful,” a senior police officer told Greater Kashmir. “Some minor boys threw stones on forces in Nowhatta and Babdemb areas and later dispersed peacefully,” he said.
Hundreds of protestors took to streets from historic Jamia Masjid in old city here. The protests were led by Hurriyat leader Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam in absence of Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence.
Protesters burned down flags of US and chanted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.
In a press statement, Hurriyat (M) condemned the house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and called it as religious interference. “No Muslim is going to sit silent if somebody depicts blasphemous images of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”
Protests were held by the students of Kashmir University in its campus condemning the blasphemous movie. Students gathered after Friday prayers and held a peaceful demonstration. They shouted slogans against America, Israel and other anti-Muslim nations.
“It’s a deliberate attempt of West to hurt sentiments of Muslims and they have been doing this quite often taking advantage of freedom of expression,” Muhammad Irfan, a student of Botany said.
The protesters started from the University Masjid, walked across the campus and finally assembled at convocation complex.
Police Thursday evening put the top separatist leaders under house and several others were detained in different police stations of Srinagar to prevent them from leading protests against the anti-Islamic video clip.
Thursday evening, a heavy posse of police arrived at the residences of Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and put them under house arrest.
Friday morning, JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and Javed Mir were arrested and were kept in police stations. Among others, National Front Chairman Nayeem Khan, Democratic Front Chairman Shabir Shah, Chairman Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Hilal Ahmed War were also arrested.
Reports from south Kashmir said that the protests against the US erupted in almost all towns.
In Islamabad, thousands of people gathered to protest against the film. People led by Chairman of Ummat-i-Islami Dr. Qazi Ahmed Yasir marched towards Lal Chowk from the Jamia Masjid and raised pro-freedom, anti-America and pro-Islam slogans. The protests concluded at Lal Chowk with fiery address from Qazi Yasir.
Hundreds of people came out from different mosques of the town after Friday prayers and protested strongly against the act. The protesters then gathered in the main chowk of the town and started shouting anti-America slogans. The protesters also burnt the American flag.
Six cops including a sub-inspector were injured following clashes between police and protesters after Friday prayers in Baramulla town. Five youths were arrested by the police.
Clashes erupted after youths started protesting against the US film. As the angry protesters reached near tehsil office Baramulla, a group of protesters start pelting stones at the cops. Police fired several teargas canisters to quell the protesting youths.
The protesters were later pushed by the police towards the cement bridge of the town where clashes continued till evening.
Reports of protests were also received from Bandipora, Sopore and Kupwara towns.
Peaceful protests were also held at Abi Guzar, Shopian, Wakoora, Budgam, Beerwah and Charar-i- Sharief, police said.
GKNN ADDS FROM JAMMU:
Thousands of people today took to streets and staged peaceful protests across Jammu region against the blasphemy.
In border districts of Rajouri and Poonch, people from all the Masajid came on roads immediately after Friday prayer denouncing what they called as an assault on the belief of Muslims across the globe.
Chanting slogans, the protestors demanded immediate ban on the websites which have uploaded the controversial video.
In Rajouri, the protest was led by Khatib of Rajouri Eid Gah, Moulana Rauf. The protesters raising anti-American slogans also set ablaze US flag.
Addressing the protesters, Moulana Rouf and others condemned the blasphemy but at the same time urged Muslims to be peaceful.
“It’s not for the first time that America has played with our religious sentiments but several such attempts have been made in past also,” the leaders said. They also appealed Muslims to join hands against such acts.
There were also reports of protests from other parts of the district, including Budhal, Bakori, Kotranka and Thanamandi.
Similar protest demonstrations were held in border district of Poonch and mountainous Chenab Valley.
However, there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the region. With Zahid Maqbool, Aaqib Ashraf, Altaf Baba and Khalid Gul
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:00:00 IST
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