Pakistani protesters have set fire to two cinemas in the northwestern city of Peshawar, condemning an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. Police said the angry protesters torched the cinemas on Friday as Pakistan began a day of national protest against the blasphemous movie that disrespects Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). According to reports, one protester was injured after a cinema guard at the Firdaus picture house opened fire at demonstrators, who set the furniture on fire. Furious protesters also attacked the Shama cinema, smashed its windows and set it ablaze.
Tens of thousands of Pakistani people are expected to stage demonstrations across the country as the government called September 21 a national holiday in honor of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and called for peaceful protests against the US-made film.On Thursday, violent clashes erupted between thousands of anti-US protesters and security forces near the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad, leaving about 50 people injured. Over the past few days, protests have also been held in Karachi, Lahore and Quetta. Pakistan is the epicenter of an anti-West uprising, triggered by the release of the controversial movie and a French magazine’s recent publication of insulting cartoons of Islam’s holiest figure. SAB/HSN