- Title: PAKISTAN: ANTI USA/ ANTI WAR PROTESTORS DEMONSTRATE IN PAKISTAN
- Date: 9th March 2003
- Summary: (W6) KARACHI, PAKISTAN (MARCH 9, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF RALLY 0.06 2. WIDE OF PROTESTERS HOLDING PLACARDS AND PARTY FLAGS CHANTING ANTI-U.S. SLOGANS 0.11 3. SMV PROTESTERS SHOUTING ANTI-U.S. SLOGANS 0.16 4. SLV PROTESTERS HOLDING EFFIGY OF U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH SITTING ON A DONKEY INSCRIBED WITH SLOGAN READING 'WORLD TERRORIST AMERICA' 0.21 5. WIDE OF DEMONSTRATION 0.24 6. CLOSE OF A BANNER WITH US PRESIDENT BUSH PICTURE SHOWING HIM AS A DOG AND DRINKING OIL FROM A BOWL 0.29 7. SLV PROTESTERS HOLDING PLACARDS READING 'NO WAR' 0.34 8. WIDE OF DEMONSTRATION WITH PEOPLE HOLDING UP EFFIGY 0.40 9. CLOSE OF PROTESTER CARRYING A CHILD HOLDING A GUN 0.44 10. SLV PROTESTERS CARRYING PLACARD READING 'BUSH IS MAD DOG' MARCHING ON STREET 0.48 11. SLV PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER READING 'STOP MUSLIM KILLING - MUSLIMS KILLERS' 0.52 12. SLV PEOPLE SETTING ALIGHT EFFIGY OF U.S PRESIDENT BUSH AND U.S. FLAG 1.00 13. SMV PROTESTERS BEATING U.S. FLAG WITH STICKS 1.05 14. SLV LEADERS OF SUNNI TEHRIK RALLY ADDRESSING THE RALLY 1.09 15. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) MAULANA ABBAS QADRI, LEADER OF SUNNI TEHRIK SAYING: "USA is eyeing the oil resources of Iraq and in the name of so-called terrorism it is trying to take control of the oil reserves of Iraq. If USA is against terrorism the it must first attack Israel and India." 1.32 16. SLV OF QADRI ADDRESSING RALLY 1.36 (W5) RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (MARCH 9, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 17. WIDE OF PROTESTERS MARCHING THROUGH STREETS OF RAWALPINDI 1.41 18. WIDE OF PROTESTERS WITH PLACARDS SAYING: 'DOWN WITH BUSH' AND 'GENOCIDE OF MUSLIMS NOT ACCEPTABLE' 1.44 19. CLOSE OF PROTESTERS MARCHING WITH PLACARDS READING 'NO TO WAR - YES TO PEACE' 1.48 20. VARIOUS OF HUGE CUTOUT OF PRESIDENT BUSH PASTED ON GROUND (2 SHOTS) 1.56 21. WIDE OF LEADERS ADDRESSING THE CROWD 2.00 22. SMV RELIGIOUS LEADERS HOLDING UP CLASPED HANDS 2.04 23. TOPSHOT OF RALLY 2.08 24. WIDE OF CROWD CHANTING: "AL JIHAD! AL JIHAD! (HOLY WAR!) 2.12 25. CLOSE OF PLACARD READING 'DOWN WITH BUSH' 2.15 26. WIDE OF RALLY 2.18 27. SLV CROWD PUSHING AND SHOVING 2.23 28. SLV BUSH EFFIGY, ASTRIDE MOTOR BIKE, BEING SLAPPED BY CROWD 2.27 29. TOPSHOT OF EFFIGY OF BUSH ON FIRE 2.32 30. SMV CHARGED CROWD CHANTING ANTI-BUSH SLOGANS 2.35 31. WIDE OF PROTESTERS BEATING BURNING EFFIGY WITH STICKS 2.42 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 24th March 2003 12:00
- Location: KARACHI AND RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Reuters ID: LVA4YCB1MHEENSI9SQ4Q03VU66HM
- Story Text: As the second U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq
is under consideration, thousands of people have taken to the
streets of Karachi and Rawalpindi to demonstrate against
possible U.S. attacks.
Shouting full-throated slogans against the USA,
hundreds of activists and supporters of Sunni Tehrik, a
religious organisation, poured on to the streets in the
southern port city of Karachi on Sunday (March 9) to condemn
possible U.S. led military action against Iraq.
The marchers, with banners and placards inscribed with
slogans such as, 'Bush is mad Dog' and 'No war', were
chanting anti war slogans.
Addressing the rally, leaders of the religious group Sunni
Tehrik, who organised the event, said that United States of
America and it's allies were flexing muscles to take control
of the oil resources of Iraq.
"USA is eyeing the oil resources of Iraq and in the name
of so-called terrorism it is trying to take control of the oil
reserves of Iraq. If USA is against terrorism then it must
first attack Israel and India," said Abbas Qadri, leader of
They warned the USA to change policies that are targeted
towards Islam and the Muslims.
Protesters demanded that U.N. weapons inspectors be given
more time to uncover evidence of Iraq's weapons programme.
Angry protesters burnt the effigy of U.S. president George
W. Bush as well as the U.S. flag.
Strict security measures were taken with large contingents
of the police force present to thwart any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, the religious parties alliance Muttahida Majlis
Amal (MMA) organized a march in Rawalpindi with participation
by men, women and children from all walks of life.
The protesters, mostly young men, marched through the old
garrison city adjoining the capital Islamabad on Sunday (March
9) carrying banners bearing slogans including 'No war for
oil', 'Down with Bush', 'Stop killing Muslims' and 'Mankind
needs peace, not war'.
Speakers from the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a
six-party opposition Islamic alliance which organised the
march, denounced what they called an "American crusade" and
urged protesters to be ready for jihad, or holy war.
Many of the young protesters wore headbands bearing verses
from the Koran to show they were ready for holy war.
Protesters denounced the government for handing to the
United States al Qaeda's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, suspected
mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Pakistani officials say Mohammed was arrested on March 1
at a house in Rawalpindi of a local official of
Jamaat-e-Islami official, the largest Islamic party.
The Islamists had called for a protest of more than a
million people, but numbers fell far short of that in this
teeming city of 14 million.
However, previous protests have attracted only a few
thousand people countrywide.
Pakistan, an Islamic country that has been a key ally in the
U.S.-led war against terror, fears any attack on Iraq will
stir unrest among its mainly Muslim population.
The government said on Friday it had not decided which way
to vote on a resolution in the U.N. Security Council that
would pave the way for war. It said all
options for peace should be explored.
Right-wing Islamists have been angered by President Pervez
Musharraf's decision to back the United States after the
September 11, 2001, attacks, assistance which helped hasten
the overthrow of the fundamentalist Taliban regime in
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