The Pakistani government will summon the US ambassador to Islamabad to object to a blasphemous anti-Islam film produced in the United States. Reports say about 500 angry lawyers protesting against the controversial film gained entrance to an area housing the US and other foreign embassies in Islamabad, on Wednesday. The Pakistani government is also set to declare Friday a national holiday, a "day of expression of love for the prophet" Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Religious parties have called on Pakistanis to shut down their shops and businesses on Friday in a general strike against production.
Outrage and anti-US sentiment is growing across the world over the insulting movie, with protests being held in tens of countries.Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have blocked access to the video-sharing website YouTube after deadly protests linked to the movie trailer. According to AFP, more than 30 people have been killed around the world since protests began last week. Over the past days, thousands of Pakistani protesters have staged anti-US demonstrations. The protesters have burnt US flags and urged the Pakistani government to close the US embassy and expel the American diplomats. SZH/JR