Pak Press behaved responsibly, called for peaceful protests: BBC
LAHORE: The BBC on Friday reported that Pakistani Press behaved responsibly on the occasion of “Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool” by exhorting upon the protesters to remain peaceful while registering their protest against the profane film produced in the US. “Pakistani papers called for peaceful protests in the wake of the Cabinet’s decision to observe “Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool” on Friday to give an opportunity to people to demonstrate against the anti-Islam film, which has sparked violent protests in the Muslim world, says a report compiled by BBC after monitoring of leading Urdu and English dailies in Pakistan.
According to BBC, Urdu papers called on the people to behave like “true followers” of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and show a “picture of peace and love to the world”. Condemning the film, English-language papers said that the “unbridled freedom of expression” in the West must be balanced by the responsibility to avoid “provoking sentiments” around the Muslim world. An Urdu-language paper stressed upon protesters to avoid harming the properties of their own countrymen. Another paper reported that while observing “Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool”, “we should behave as true followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
We should show the picture of peace and love to the world on this day. We should avoid responding to hatred with hatred. No doubt this is our best identity in light of the teachings of Islam.” “In the prevailing situation we need to show unity and solidarity and ensure protection of our national security,“ says another quote from an Urdu daily according to the report. “It will be essential for protesters to demonstrate peacefully and solemnly, in order to fend off criticism of the Muslim world as being unable to indulge in meaningful debate and instead resorting to violence…. We, as Muslims, are not taught to answer hate with hate; nor should we give anyone reason to believe otherwise“, BBC quoted leading English daily as having advised its readers.