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Pakistanis stage protest against Dutch film about Quran

Pakistanis stage protest against Dutch film about Quran

Dozens of Muslims held an angry protest Friday in southern Pakistan over an anti-Quran film made by a Dutch lawmaker.
The 15-minute film by Geert Wilders sets verses from the Muslim holy book against a background of violent images from terror attacks.
It was released Thursday on the Internet. Some Dutch TV channels later aired excerpts.
Pakistan's largest Muslim party, Jamaat-e-Islami, organized the protest Friday outside a mosque in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.
Some protesters demanded that Pakistan cut diplomatic relations with the Netherlands over the film.
"They (the Dutch) are savage and uncivilized. All the Muslim nations should stand up together to counter the nefarious intentions of these people," Nasrullah Shaji, a local party leader, told the crowd.
The Dutch government had warned Wilders that a film offensive to Muslims could spark violent protests in Islamic countries, like those that broke out two years ago after European newspapers published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
"The infidels are daring again and again to commit such acts because our own rulers are in connivance with them," said another party leader, Asadullah Bhutto.
"Had the (Pakistani) government taken some action against the cartoon makers, they would have not dared to make the movie," he said.
Protesters will hold a larger rally on April 6, participants said.