- Title: FRANCE-SHOOTING/PAKISTAN-PROTEST Anti-French protests hit Lahore and Karachi
- Date: 27th January 2015
- Summary: LAHORE, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 27, 2015) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS HOLDING PLACARDS AND PARTY FLAGS MARCHING VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING PROTESTERS WITH RAISED HANDS SHOWING ALLEGIANCE WITH PROPHET MOHAMMAD PLACARD READING (Urdu): "WE ARE REPULSED BY BLASPHEMERS" PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNERS AND PLACARDS AND CHANTING "O PROPHET, O PROPHET!" PLACARD READING (English): 'THREE IDIOTS, THREE PIGS, CHARLIE HEBDO, BARACK OBAMA, DAVID CAMERON" PLACARDS READING (Urdu): "WE LOVE MOHAMMAD, PEACE BE UPON HIM" PROTESTERS CHANTING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OFFICIAL OF RELIGIOUS GROUP, FIDAYAN-E-KHATM-E-NABUWAT, MOHAMMAD ASHIQ HUSSAIN, SAYING: "If this continues, then the day is not far away when there will be no peace. Peace can only prevail when the respect of our prophet Mohammad is safeguarded and the conspiracies against the followers of Islam are stopped." PROTESTERS FROM ALL PAKISTAN CLERICS' ASSOCIATION, HOLDING BANNERS, MARCHING / BANNER READING (Urdu): "WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THE FRENCH BLASPHEMING CARICATURES" PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING EFFIGY OF WHAT PROTESTERS CALL THE FRENCH CARTOONIST, LYING ON GROUND NEXT TO DEMONSTRATORS PROTESTERS CHANTING (Urdu): "O' PROPHET!" EFFIGY BURNING PROTESTERS CHANTING (Urdu): "WE ARE DEVOTEES OF OUR PROPHET" KARACHI, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 27, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF OIL TANKERS PARKED AT TERMINAL BANNER HANGING ON OIL TANKER, READING (Urdu): "JEW COMPANY BELONGS TO FRANCE. BUSINESS TERMS SHOULD BE ENDED WITH 'TOTAL' COMPANY. FRENCH COMPANY HAS COMMITTED BLASPHEMY AGAINST OUR PROPHET. PROTEST BY OIL TANKERS' OWNERS' ASSOCIATION" TYRES OF STATIONARY TANKER TANKER DRIVERS AND OTHER TANKER STAFF (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) GENERAL SECRETARY OF OIL TANKERS' OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, ASRAR AHMED SHINWARI, SAYING: "The Pakistan government should end diplomatic relations with France. If they don't take big measures, we will further enhance our protests." PARKED OIL TANKERS
- Embargoed: 11th February 2015 12:00
- Location: Pakistan
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVADFQR3R9XL6EPQFFFZYRSKMXA8
- Story Text: More than 1,000 people took to the streets of Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday (January 27) to protest against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad.
One cleric, Mohammad Ashiq Hussain, who belonged to the Fidayan-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat religious group, said people were furious.
"If this continues, then the day is not far away when there will be no peace. Peace can only prevail when the respect of our prophet Mohammad is safeguarded and the conspiracies against the followers of Islam are stopped," he said.
Other protesters set fire to an effigy representing a cartoonist.
Meanwhile in the port city of Karachi, the commercial capital of the country, an association of oil tanker owners halted supplies to petrol stations owned by the French company, Total.
More than 200 trucks stayed at their base, refusing to make deliveries.
"The Pakistan government should end diplomatic relations with France. If they don't take big measures, we will further enhance our protests," said the general secretary of the Oil Tankers' Owners' association, Asrar Ahmed Shinwari.
Charlie Hebdo, which has published controversial cartoons mocking Islam and its prophet on several occasions, is not available in Pakistan either in print or online.
Islamist gunmen stormed the offices of the French weekly in Paris on January 7, killing 12 people.
The magazine then published an issue with an image of the Prophet Mohammed weeping on the cover, which has caused outrage in deeply conservative Pakistan.
Many Muslims believe any depictions of the prophet are disrespectful of their religion.
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