In the backdrop of protests against anti-Islam movie, the federal cabinet has announced to observe Friday as a day of reverence for the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and has declared a public holiday on the day.

The decision was taken in the federal cabinet meeting on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to deliberate over the matter of anti-Islam movie and to mull ways to record protest against it.

The prime minister condemned the US movie that ridiculed Islam. It was also decided in the meeting that PM Raja Pervez Ashraf will personally meet with the US ambassador and will take the nation into confidence.

Therefore, the Cabinet resolved to observe Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool on Friday and announced public holiday.

PM Ashraf also appreciated the relief and rescue efforts made by the military during floods in different areas of the country. He also prayed for the victims who lost their lives in floods and fire mishaps in Karachi and Lahore.

Earlier, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf appealed to the people protesting against the hate film, to stay peaceful and refrain from damaging assets, while Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will also participate in protest demonstrations on Friday.