Cartoons: 150 students detained in Islamabad

Police used batons and fired teargas to break up a demonstration by thousands of students who broke into the highly protected diplomatic enclave during a protest here on Tuesday against the publication of blasphemous cartoons.

Police said nearly 150 of the protesters were arrested after they had uprooted a gate of the enclave, pelted stones on embassies and damaged cars and shops at the Aabpara market.

Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao estimated the number of demonstrating students at 6,000 students. The protest was followed by a peaceful procession by thousands of traders from Rawalpindi and a march by opposition and treasury members of both houses of parliament.

Mr Sherpao told media that the government had taken necessary measures to protect vital installations and foreign assets, but it did not want to be ‘very harsh’ in view of the sensitivity of the issue.

Outside the Parliament House, the students tore up portraits of the president and the PM.
Source : Dawn Newspaper

1 Comment so far

  1. WAKEUP NOW (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    We as a nation need to educate all Muslim Brothers and Sisters, what is the appropriate way we should react as a Muslim to situations like these.
    We need free education seminars and lectures by well educated scholars and Imams, how Muslims in the past reacted when bombarded with such situations and what were the outcomes ( we have an awesome history and we have faced similar attitude and situations before, and have different types of reaction towards that, what is effective we need to come up with that).
    What we need is someone to collect all that history and provide us with the facts and figures about Islam and our Heroes in Islam.We should have discussion sessions among new generation, let them come forward with the energy to use towards some positive results, compile our history and learn from that.

    WE LACK EDUCATION IN DEEN AND DUNIYA BOTH AND DON’T BOTHER TO ADDRESS ISSUES LIKE THESE, NONE THE LESS ACKNOWLEDGE THEM.
    WAKEUP MUSLIMS LEARN YOUR DEEN AND GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD TO WORK BETTER TOWARDS SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF ALLAH SUBHAANA TAALA.
    WAKEUP NOW



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