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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Pak opposition to observe strike on March 3 against

[b]Pak opposition to observe strike on March 3 against sacrilege: Qazi Hussain Ahmed[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 19 February, ( Pakistan's opposition Islamist parties have called for a nationwide strike on March 3 and protest rallies on Sunday against the publication of sacrilegious cartoons that hurt the religious feelings and sentiments of Muslims worldwide.

Talking to the "Asian Tribune," Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the president of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six mainstream religious parties in the country, said that the strike and protest rallies on March 3 and Feb 19 have been organized "to condemn the blasphemous act" of publishing cartoons of the holy Prophet Muhammad.

He said the protest has been planned after a national convention of political and religious parties.

Rallies condemning the cartoons have been held almost daily in Pakistan since the controversy became more widespread last month, and so far six people have been killed and hundreds injured in angry protest demonstrations during which security forces arrested hundreds of activists and leaders of various political and religious parties.

Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who also heads the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan condemned the rulers for arresting protesters and banning rallies against blasphemy issue on the pretext of "violence" and said people will never accept it. "The rulers are maligning religious workers through a malicious propaganda in media without first tracing the identity of those who resorted to violence," he said.

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