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    Papers urge defiance over cartoon riots

    Papers urge defiance over cartoon riots


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    Pakistani newspapers call on the government to take a tough stance and defend Muslim values as violent protests continue over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Several call on the United Nations to intervene and warn that failure to pacify the Muslim world could further exacerbate the crisis.
    One English-language daily, which suggests that the protests are a reaction to the government's pro-Western policy, calls for a firm response, warning that Muslim extremists could hijack the issue to promote their religious agenda.

    AUSAF

    Instead of bowing before the international powers, the government should take a strong line on the issue. Otherwise the situation could become more intense. The government should read the writing on the wall and draw up policies in accordance with the interests and desires of the people.


    NAWA-I-WAQT

    The Muslims should take an aggressive stand and not only impose a boycott of Danish goods but also make it clear to Europe that the Holy Prophet Muhammad is the most respectable personality for all Muslims. Love of the Prophet Muhammad is part of the Muslims' faith.


    KHABRAIN

    We believe that the United Nations should get involved because the publication of blasphemous cartoons poses serious threats to global peace. We hope that any protests in the future will be peaceful and free of violence since violence defames both Islam and Muslims.


    KHABRAIN

    If Europe and the international community fail to cool sentiments across the Muslim world, the issue will intensify further. Muslim countries must urgently show unity on this issue, and the UN too must take immediate notice.


    NAWA-I-WAQT

    Instead of accusing Iran and Syria, (US Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice should have pressed the countries responsible for publishing the cartoons to tender a collective apology. If the West continues harming the sentiments of Muslims, no one will be able to stop a clash of civilizations, and the Muslims - without caring for their lives and properties - would come out to fight their enemies.


    AUSAF

    Those responsible for the meanest act should be brought to court. Muslim countries should unanimously make this demand, or else the danger of a clash of civilizations will increase. This could result in a Third World War.


    THE DAWN

    It is incontrovertible that an element of anger against the government for its support for the US, seen as an aggressor in Iraq and Afghanistan and the spearhead of a crusade against Islam, and for its efforts to project a liberal image is present in the current protests ... All violence now needs to be controlled with firmness ... The hurt and outrage felt by Muslims at the blasphemous cartoons published in European countries is in danger of being pushed into the background by the wave of destruction that has engulfed us.


    THE DAWN

    The cartoons involved have handed Muslim extremists with a new issue on a platter. A fresh opportunity has been provided to give a religious turn to what is essentially a political issue - America's colonial obsession with controlling the world and its readiness to transgress all lines and borders in pursuit of its aggressive intent. Trying to prevent this needs wisdom, a sense of responsibility and courage rather than the foolhardiness of burning buildings and looting shops.


    THE NATION

    While not underrating the countrywide outrage they had caused, one only wished that the protesters had kept their passions under control, as the parliamentarians at Islamabad comprising government and opposition members had done when they walked peacefully carrying placards, and the government acted promptly and adopted a prudent approach to handle the situation.

    [/SIZE]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4719908.stm
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