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Protest against Norwegian newspaper

LAHORE: A large number of people staged a protest demonstration in front of the Lahore Press Club on Sunday against reprinting of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by a Norwegian newspaper.

They demanded that Islamabad should sever all kinds of ties with Norway and Denmark and declare war on both countries. Many of the protesters carried banners inscribed with slogans like “We can lay our lives for the honour of our prophet”. They eulogised the man who attacked the cartoonist.

The protest was organised by Tehreek Hurmat-e-Rasool, an umbrella group of religious and political parties formed to safeguard the honor of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The protesters then marched from the press club to Nasser Bagh through Egerton Road and The Mall, demanding death for the publishers and cartoonists of Denmark and Norway.

Maulana Ameer Hamza, convener of Tehreek Hurmat-e-Rasool, Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Hafiz Aakif Saeed of the Tanzeem-e-Islami, Qazi Zafarul Haq, Maulana Zahidul Qasmi of the International Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Movement, Maulana Asim Makhdoom of JUI-S, Qari Yaqoob Shaikh, Maulana Yousaf Ahrar and others spoke on the occasion.

Hamza demanded that Pakistan declare jihad against Norway and Denmark. He said the country fought four wars for Kashmir, now there should be one for the honour of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He said boycott of Norwegian and Danish products was essential, but not enough. As these two countries crossed all limits, there is a need to teach them a lesson.

Source: Dawn

Date:1/18/2010