2 killed in Pakistan film protests
21 September 2012, 16:53
Karachi - A Pakistani policeman and a driver for a
television station were shot dead on Friday during a day of protests
condemning a film made in the United States and deemed insulting to
Islam, officials said.
The policeman was killed and two others
wounded in an exchange of fire with protesters in Karachi, the country's
largest city, police official Mohammad Shakeel said.
took to the streets in a series of different demonstrations across
Karachi, home to an estimated 18 million, to condemn the film, Innocence of Muslims.
broke out when protesters tried to march towards the US consulate,
throwing stones at police and trying to remove shipping containers that
blocked the road, police said.
Officers fired off tear gas shells
and fired into the air to disperse the crowd, but three policemen were
wounded by gunfire from an unknown direction, Shakeel said.
"They were shifted to hospital where one of our constables died," he added.
Investigation in to shooting
the northwestern city of Peshawar, a TV station employee also died on
Friday after being shot when protesters set alight and ransacked a
"He was shot in the chest. He was put on a ventilator
after surgery but could not survive," said Doctor Mukhtar Khan, head of
the Lady Reading Hospital.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said he
had ordered an investigation into the man's death and repeated
government calls for protests to remain peaceful.
ARY, the man's employer, accused the police of murder.
consider this incident murder. We strongly condemn it. The policeman
involved in the firing incident should be arrested immediately and
sacked," said senior ARY executive Owais Tohid.
broadcast disturbing footage of its employee, clearly in a critical
condition and receiving urgent medical care in hospital.
Security beefed up
deaths brings to four the number of people killed in Pakistan during
protests over the past week against a trailer for the crudely made film,
made by extremist Christians in the United States.
minister said security had been beefed up in the capital with the army
on alert and added that troops would be deployed if needed.
"We will not allow violence, we have told them we mean business," Malik said.