Qaim condemns violent protests, orders action against miscreants
Karachi: Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Friday condemned the violent protests in Karachi that claimed the lives of 15 people and caused substantive damage to property during rallies against the anti-Islam film made in the United States.
Shah said that different religious parties and organisations took out rallies against the blasphemous film, but during protests anti-social elements and miscreants damaged public and private buildings and indulged in loot, which was a condemnable act.
The provincial chief executive expressed his regrets over the loss of lives when violence broke out in the provincial capital especially on routes leading to the US Consulate General. He also expressed his sympathies with the injured persons. The chief minister said that Islam gave the message of peace, love and brotherhood. He asked what sort of love the protesters demonstrated with the holy Prophet (peace be upon him) when they committed violent acts, indulged in arson and loot and destroyed private and public buildings and shops located on the routes of the rallies.
The chief minister stressed all Muslim brethren to spread the real message of Islam as per its true spirit and avoid violent activities. He also issued directives to the law-enforcement agencies and the administration to take strict action against the miscreants and criminals who indulged in arson and loot incidents.
Attacks on media flayed
Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon on Friday condemned attacks on journalists during violent protests against the anti-Islam film in Sindh.
In a statement, he strongly condemned an attack on the Hyderabad Press Club and threats to journalists by some unknown protesters. He termed it a conspiracy against the nation because the media according to him was considered a strong voice of any nation. He said that any attack on the media was an attack on the voice of the nation and to weaken it, therefore such assaults on the media could not be tolerated.
Memon said that the Pakistan PPP-led government had announced a public holiday on Friday to observe Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (PBUH) to condemn the sacrilegious film on national level. He said that destruction of public and private properties and attacks on the Muslim brothers could never be justified.