[Marxism] Protests against abuse of Islam at Guantanamo spread in Pakistan, too

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Fri May 13 08:26:30 MDT 2005

>From Juan Cole's Informed Comment website
Afghanistan, Pakistan Protests against US Koran Blasphemy Spread

The NYT reports that protests in Afghanistan against the alleged US
desecration of the Koran spread on Thursday. One student was killed and
4 were wounded in Chak, in Wardak, as police fired on protesters. There
were other village demonstrations. A large group of Logiani tribespeople
was blocked from marching on Jalalabad. 

More demonstrations are expected in both Afghanistan and Pakistan on
Friday, the day on which Muslims go to communal prayers. Hundreds of
students demonstrated in the capital, Kabul. 

IN Pakistan, thousands rallied. About 1000 protesters came out in
Quetta. Smaller crowds assembled in Peshawar and Lahore. The Lahore
crowds were followers of former cricketer Imran Khan, now a major figure
in politics. Some of the agitation in Pakistan is being instigated by
the Jama`at-i Islami, Pakistan's fundamentalist party.

A friend of mine with Pentagon contacts tells a tragicomic story. The
Pakistani government complained to the US Department of Defense about
the desecration of the Koran. The Pentagon passed the protest to the
Southeast Asia division. It looked into the matter in East Asia and
responded that it could find no evidence that the US military had
flushed a Korean down the toilet. 

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