Violent protests un-Islamic, say scholars
They called on the international community to punish a Florida church pastor, who set light to a copy of the holy Muslim book March 20, an act that sparked violent protest demonstrations in many parts of Afghanistan.
Several people, including 10 UN foreign employees, were killed when a mob attacked its compound on Friday in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
"The Christian preacher is responsible for the unrest and he should be punished," he said, calling on the international community to bring Christian preacher Terry Jones to justice for inciting bloody protests in Muslim countries.
Jones, who supervised the burning of the Quran in front of about 50 people at a church in Florida on March 20, has said he doesn't feel responsible for the violence in Afghanistan.
The death toll from a Saturday's violent protest demonstration against the Quran burning in southern Kandahar province has reached 16 amid fresh protests in the city and its adjacent Panjwai district.
At least one person was killed and a dozen others were wounded as a result of the new demonstration. People have also staged similar demonstrations in Nangarhar and Parwan provinces.
"People have the right to hold peaceful protests. It is the right and duty of every Muslim to defend the book of Islam, but there should be no violence at all," an official at the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs, Hojatullah Najeh, said.
The United Nations has vowed not to derail its work in Afghanistan despite the attack on its office in Mazar-i-Sharif.
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