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Religious groups rally across Pakistan over anti-Islam film

Demonstrators in cities across Pakistan took to the streets to call for punishment against the makers of a film that insulted Islam.

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Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami cahnt slogans during a demonstation, in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

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Protests over a film insulting the prophet Muhammad erupted across Pakistan Friday, with participants demanding the government cut off ties with the United States and expel the American ambassador.

Protestors belonging to several religious parties gathered across the city, while members of Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the main religious parties in Pakistan, took to the streets in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. The head of the party, Syed Munawar Hasan, called for cutting off ties with the United States.

“The global Muslim community has been deeply hurt by this film and we are coming out on the streets to register our protests. No one can tolerate insults against Islam and the prophet. It is not acceptable,” says Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, an umbrella group of Muslim clerics and scholars based in Islamabad. “But we have advised the public to remain calm, since violence cannot bring any results,” he adds.

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