Fourteen individuals lost their lives during the country wide protests over the blasphemous movie clip that has triggered protests amongst Muslims throughout the World. The Ishq-e-Rasool day which was announced as a holiday in Pakistan to peacefully protest against the sacrilegious movie clip turned violent immediately after the Friday prayers.
According to sources, 14 individuals including two policemen have been reported dead in different violent activities carried out during the protest country-wide. Almost 80 others are reported injured during the protests.
Two policemen got injured in a gunfire exchange between the police and the protesters on the Native Jetty road in Karachi. The policemen were later pronounced dead while being taken to nearby hospital for medical attention.
The violence scattered further within Karachi when the protesters set ablaze three cinemas near M.A Jinnah road. The protesters carried out their march towards the Chief Minister House and destroyed and torched several other buildings. Two banks were also reported to be set on fire near PIDC while three police vans, five cars were also destroyed near the PIDC. Reports indicated that the protesters started looting shops and other offices situated near the CM House. The Police post situated near the PIDC area was also torched by the protesters in Karachi.
A cinema was set on fire within the Landhi while a restaurant belonging to an International fast food franchise was also set on fire within the SITE area of the city.
Five police vans were set on fire within the Faizabad area of Rawalpindi. A private bank on GT road was also torched during the protests near the Capital city.
Protesters in Islamabad continued their clash with the police within the Red Zone by hurling stones at them while the police responded with tear gas.
Protesters set ablaze a cinema located on the Toghi road within the Capital city of Balochistan while the Firdaus Cinema was also torched within Peshawar after protesters broke through police security guarding the area.