Anti Islam film: Pak calls in army to restrain protesters from approaching US embassy
Islamabad/New Delhi: Several students tried to enter the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday afternoon staging an anti-US protest according to media reports. The Army had to be called in to prevent them from entering the enclave which is within one kilometer of the US Embassy.
Pakistan daily The Express Tribune reported that around 3,000 protesters tried to enter the enclave in a bid to register their anger against an anti-Islam US film. Observers fear chaos will break loose if the protesters manage to enter the enclave. The army was called in after police shelling failed to restrain the protesters.
Police fired at least 5 rounds of fire and tear gas to restrain the crowd but failed earlier in the day. The protesters chanted slogans claiming that they are ready to die to ‘safeguard the prophet’s honour’, the Express Tribune reported.
Pakistan has witnessed several protests last week in which at least two people have been killed.
The US-produced film has angered Muslims worldwide for mocking the Prophet Mohammed and portraying Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.
In cities across the Islamic world, protesters have vented their fury at the amateur film by targeting symbols of US influence ranging from embassies and schools to fast food chains, leaving several dead. (With PTI inputs)