KARACHI: On Saturday, (TLP) Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan held a huge rally on Sharea Faisal against the publication in France of blasphemous cartoons demanding that diplomatic relations with Paris be cut and that French goods be boycotted.
The TLP asked the federal government to take “practical steps”; otherwise, “extreme measures” would be pushed upon them.
The rally, which started at Star Gate, was led by Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the TLP leader.
Rally attendees held slogan-inscribed posters urging the government to remove the French ambassador.
The attendees marched towards the mausoleum of Quaid, the conclusion of the protest, where they were addressed by Mr. Rizvi.
The rally causes hours-long traffic jam on Sharea Faisal
It took them hours to hit the point of climax. The rally created a traffic mess on the Sharea Faisal artery, causing inconvenience and suffering for commuters who have been trapped there for hours.
Sharea Faisal SHO Iftikhar Ahmed said the march passed on the main road peacefully and no accidental incident was reported.
‘International terrorist act’
Allama Rizvi said, addressing the rally, that France formally sponsored the publishing of blasphemous caricatures and committed a “act of international terrorism” by doing so.
He urged “declare war” against France by the federal government.
“We have given the federal government ample time and now it is time to take realistic action,” he added, adding: “It will not work to pay mere lip service to Ishq-i-Rasool [love of the Prophet ( PBUH)].”
The TLP leader asked the centre to remove the French ambassador from the region.
His party would otherwise be pressured to take drastic measures and the government would be liable for it, he warned.
He also urged the government to declare a boycott at the official level of French goods.
He claimed a “unannounced war” had begun between Islam and non-Muslims.
Also speaking were Mufti Munib Rehman, Hafiz Saad Husain, Allama Ghulam Ghaus, Allama Razi Husaini, MPA Mufti Qasim Fakhri and others.