A cameraman has been killed in the Pakistani capital Islamabad as police opened fire on protesters condemning the production of an anti-Islam film in the United States. According to reports, the cameraman, working for a Pakistani television network, was killed on Friday during mass demonstrations against the production of the blasphemous movie. The demonstrators also condemned a French magazine’s recent publication of cartoons insulting Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Reports also indicate that clashes erupted between police and protesters in the city of Rawalpindi in the province of Punjab. A group of angry demonstrators from Rawalpindi also arrived in Islamabad to join the anti-US protesters in the capital. In the southern port city of Karachi, protesters blocked the main highways. Meanwhile, Islamabad has summoned the US ambassador over the insulting movie.
The US envoy has been asked to take action against the producer of the blasphemous movie and to help with the removal of the movie’s trailer from video sharing website YouTube.Also on Friday, anti-US protesters torched two cinemas in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Pakistan has seen a major anti-West uprising, triggered by the release of the controversial movie and the publication of the insulting cartoons. SAB/HSN