Members of Christian community rally against blasphemous movie
Christian community took out a peaceful rally on Sunday to express solidarity with Muslims and protest against the anti-Islam movie, besides calling for enacting law at international level to avoid the recurrence of such attempts in future.
The rally started from the Church situated near Swati Gate and terminated at Qayyum Sports Complex.
Participants, including women and children, were carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-American slogans. Protesters shouted slogans against United States.
Protesters called for awarding exemplary punishment to elements involved in making of the profane movie. They asked the UN to frame law, curbing all acts of blasphemy against all Holy Prophets and all religions.
Chairman of Assemblies of God Church’s Pastor A R Hashmat led the rally. Terming the hate movie a conspiracy to provoke Muslims, he said: “We will not allow anyone to do so. We, Christians, will foil all such attempts,” he added.
“We condemn the making of this profane movie. We demand to make laws at international level to stop such blasphemous acts in the future and give exemplary punishment,” Pastor Hashmat said.
Condemning the attack on Church in Mardan, he demanded of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to reconstruct the church building and take exemplary action against elements involved in the act.
Later, the rally joined by a provincial minister Syed Aqil Shah who assured the protesters that the government would take all possible steps to renovate and reconstruct the building.
“We support peaceful protests and are against violence,” Aqil Shah said, while addressing the protesters inside the Qayyum Sports Complex.