Islamabad - A large number of religious parties on Friday registered their strong protest and carried out massive rallies in the division after Friday prayer against publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) in a French Magazine Charlie Hebdo. They also demanded the government to release Malik Mumtaz Qadri detained in Adyala Jail for killing ex-governor Punjab Salman Tasir.

The prominent which vehemently denounced the dirty act of a French Magazine included Jamaat Islami (JI), Shabab-e-Milli (SM), Sunni Tehrik (ST), JUP and Muslim Students Organisation (MSO).

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) observed Friday as Youm-e-Aitjaj to condemn the publication of sacrilegious caricatures in the French Magazine. The protestors while carrying placards and banners mentioning slogans in favour of Prophet (PBUH) and against France chanted slogans against the administration of the magazine and French government. They demanded the government to kick out Ambassador of France from Pakistan and also announce boycott of the French products.

The most chanted slogans were “Ghulami-e-Rasool main Moat bi Qabool hay”, “France Murdabad” and Rehbar aur Rehnuma Mustafa Mustafa”. They were also carrying placards inscribed with slogans against the French magazine and condemn the wrong use of freedom of speech against Islam.

Protestors demanded to send back French Envoy to France and close down the French Embassies and Consulates in Pakistan.

A protest rally was carried out by JI and SM Rawalpindi chapter from Jamia Masjid Syeda Amina (RA) to Sadiqabad Chowk. The rally was led by SM head Mufti Muhammad Hanif Qureshi and attended by JI District Naib Ameer Raza Ahmed Shah, Ch Imtiaz Ahmed, Allama Nazakat Tabbasum, Maulana Syed Mazhar Hussain Shah. Besides students of religious seminaries, people belonging to different walks of life attended the rally.

Addressing the protestors, Mufti Hanif Qureshi termed the publication of blasphemous caricatures in French magazine as terrorism against Islam and Muslim Ummah, urging the Pakistani government to take up the matter with United Nations (UN).

He hailed the protest launched by parliamentarians in Islamabad against the dirty act of Charlie Hebdo.

He said that Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, who killed former governor Punjab Salman Tasir, is the hero of Islam and the government should set him free from Adyala Jail.

“Muslim Ummah will protect Namoos-e-Risalat (SAWW) on every cast and will not hesitate to render any kind of sacrifice for the purpose,” said JI Naib Ameer Raza Ahmed Shah in his address.

Similarly, JI on call of Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq also took out a protest rally from Moti Masjid Liaquat Road to Fawara Chowk. The rally was attended by JI office-bearers Shamas-ur-Rehman Swati, Raja Jawad and traders, including Malik Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, MSO President Rana Muhammad Usman and many others. In Chuhur Chopal, ST Rawalpindi Chapter led by Allama Tahir Iqbal Chisthi staged a protest against the blasphemous cartoons published in a French Magazine. Holding banners and placards, the protestors chanted slogans against French president and the administration of magazine. Allama said that all the Muslim countries’ leaders who joined Paris March with Jews should tender apology to Muslims.

He asked Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to convene session of Muslim countries’ leaders and take up the matter with the United Nations. “The government should expel French ambassador from Pakistan immediately,” he said.  Tens of hundreds of protestors under the banner of JUI-P gathered at Milad Nagar Chowk and staged a protest demo against France. The JUI-P leaders Tariq Munir Butt, Hafiz Muhammad Hussain and Mufti Khizar Hayyat pressed the government to form legislation against the act of French Magazine and approached the United Nations.

On the other hand, JUI-F on the call of its Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman observed Friday as Youm-e-Aitjaj. The participants, including JUI-F District Ameer Taj Muhammad Khan condemn the printing of blasphemous caricatures by the French Magazine.

He asked the Muslim rulers to forge unity among their ranks and take up the matter with the UN.

He said that all the Muslim rulers who participate in Paris Rally should tender apology.

He said the silence of Muslim rulers on the heinous crime raised many questions among the Muslim Ummah.