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Pak radical groups protest blasphemous caricatures

world Updated: May 21, 2010 19:51 IST

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Pakistan's religious parties and radical groups, including the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, organised protests against blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammed featured on Facebook after the Friday prayers today.

Lawyers, doctors and students organised separate rallies in this eastern city and demanded that the government should sever ties with countries responsible for hurting the feelings of Muslims through such sacrilegious depictions of the Prophet.

JuD leaders Maulana Amir Hamza, Maulana Hasnain Saddiqui, Hafiz Khalid Waleed and Maluana Farooqi addressed a rally organised by the group outside the Lahore Press Club.

The speakers urged people to adopt 'jehad' against infidels and Jews, saying it was the only way left to stop those committing blasphemy.

"We will not allow anyone to commit blasphemy in the name of freedom of expression," Hamza told protestors.

Over the past two days, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has blocked websites like Facebook and Youtube, citing "sacrilegious contents" on the websites as the reason for the action.

The crackdown began after the Lahore High Court issued an order for blocking Facebook over a page hosting a contest for blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad.