Gilgit - Baltistan

Yom-e-Ishq-e-Rasul observed peacefully in Gilgit-Baltistan

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Gilgit/Skardu/Chilas, September 21: Thousands of people protested in all seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan against the blasphemous, anti-Islam, video allegedly created by an American citizen of Egyptian origin.

The protest demonstrations remained peaceful and disciplined. There are no reports of any violence from any part of the entire GB region.

Protests and gatherings were organized by people from all sects and sub-sects living in the region. Majlis Wehdatul Muslimeen, Ahl-e-Sunat wal Jamat, Namoos-e-Risalat Committee of the Ismaili Regional Councils, Jamat-e-Islami and the Noor Bakhshia community, along with many other political, religious and social groups rallied to express their love for the holy prophet and condemnation of the blasphemous video.

Speakers urged the protesters to show their love and respect for the holy prophet by following his teaching of humanity, peace, tolerance and love.

They also demanded of the international community to respect sentiments and religious beliefs of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslim community, who are united by their love for the holy prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The speakers also demanded of the United Nations to criminalize blasphemy against the holy prophet and Quran.

Almost all speakers condemned American government “for protecting and patronizing the filmmakers”. Many speakers said that the film is a conspiracy aimed at creation of instability in the Muslim world.

Hunza: The Outreach Committee of Ismaili Regional Council for Hunza held a gathering in connection with the Ishq-e-Rasool Day. The participants condemned the denigration of Islam and the holy prophet (pbuh) in the name of freedom of expression. The meeting was attended by members of the council and representatives of the Bazar Association Aliabad, Hunza.

It is pertinent to note that the American President and the Secretary of State have condemned the video. They have said that ‘the video is the work of an individual and it does not represent the American nation or the government.’

Elaborate security measures had been taken by the administration to control any untoward incident.

Regional leaders, including GBLA Speaker Wazir Baig and Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, have congratulated the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for recording their condemnation in a peaceful manner.

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