Pakistan: Anti-Islam film violence toll at 23

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 18:02 hrs

The death toll in Pakistan violence over a U.S.-made "anti-Islam" film rose to 23 on Saturday, said police.

According to the police, at least 23 people were killed and more than 200 others were injured as protesters demonstrated against the film and clashed with the cops in several cities across Pakistan on Friday.

As many as 17 people, including two policemen, were killed in Karachi.

Six people reportedly died in Peshawar in violence that defied a government call for only peaceful demonstrations.

More than 200 people were injured in the South Asian country in demonstrations across several cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.

"The country is facing yet another wave of widespread protests today (Friday) against a blasphemous film that was posted on the internet and has sparked demonstrations across the Muslim world," Geo News reported on Friday.

"All religious and political parties gave a protest call to workers and the public to march towards Islamabad from Rawalpindi and adjoining areas of the twin cities," it said.

Pertinently, the country was observing the ´Youm-i-Ishq-i-Rasool´ on Friday.

Several people were injured in Pakistan´s Islamabad city on Thursday as police fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse large number of agitators who were demonstrating against the "anti-Islam" US film.

More than 1,000 students demonstrated against the movie and even tried to reach the heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave in Islamabad.

Several western embassies including the US, British and French missions, are present in the diplomatic enclave.

The protesters clashed with the police and also pelted stones on them, reports said.

They also torched police check posts near a five star hotel in the city.

Violent demonstrations against the film have been taking place in several countries, including Egypt, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

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