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Violent protests un-Islamic, say scholars

Violent protests un-Islamic, say scholars

Apr 03, 2011 - 19:16

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Killing innocent people and causing damages to public and private properties under the pretext of protest demonstrations is un-Islamic, religious scholars said on Sunday.

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 Afghanistaninfo-icon.

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.

"Killing people during protests is totally against Islam," Lotfullah Haq Parast, an imaminfo-icon of the Answar Mosqueinfo-icon in Kabul city, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"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 Quraninfo-icon 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 Hajjinfo-icon 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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