A day of violence... By Hassan
24 September, 2012
The federal government called an impromptu public holiday against anti-Islamic film on Friday. Transport, shops, business, even mobile phone services were closed and the busy streets were deserted before the Friday prayers. But the situation changed after the prayers and every street was portraying the picture of violence; rampaging crowd came on streets, crossed the red zone areas in Islamabad, which were blocked by containers, and smashed all measures taken by government to prevent violence. Cinemas, roads and buildings were burnt and people damaged properties of their own beloved country and this happened everywhere, even in the federal capital Islamabad. Few of the protesters were killed while some of them were wounded too.
What an act it ought to be when a Muslim was killed by his own Muslim brother in the name of protest to honour Islam. Is this for which government had announced a public holiday? Certainly not, but expecting that religious and political parties would protest peacefully was a big mistake. Crowds should have protested in a peaceful manner by saying Namaz in front of the US embassies and showed our hatred against the film in a civilised manner, but our violent behaviour portrayed a wrong image of our religion and our love for Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
M HASSAN ABBASI