KARACHI–Several religious parties belonging to the Sunni sect staged a large rally on Thursday in Karachi against the publication of anti-Islam sketches and demanded that the OIC and UN take action against countries republishing the material.
The rally, lead by Sunni Tehreek (ST) chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, commenced from Numaish Chowrangi on M.A. Jinnah Road from where it headed to Tibet centre. Religious party leaders including Mufti Mubarak and Syed Muzaffar Husaain Shah were also present.
A large number of supporters attended the rally who were chanting slogans and carrying placards and banners carrying slogans protesting the publication of anti-Islam sketches by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Strict security measures were in place for the rally and Karachi’s M.A Jinnah was blocked.
The provincial capital city’s traffic police issued an advisory asking commuters to travel on the Saddar Corridor-III and Shahrea Faisal alternatively.
The protestors demanded that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and United Nations (UN) play their role in taking action against those involved in the blasphemous publication. They also asked the Government of Pakistan to apply pressure on the two international organisation in this regard.
ST chief Sarwat Qadri addressed the demonstrators towards the end of the rally and said that no one will be allowed to make blasphemous remarks or publish anti-Islam content. He added that those who do so will face the retaliation of Muslim community.
The religious parties jointly presented a resolution which demanded that OIC and UN action against countries which are involved in the blasphemous publications.
The resolution also demanded that such countries should be boycotted and that the Government of Pakistan should pass resolutions in the National Assembly and Senate to record their protests.
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