Change!… Islamists Torch US Flag at Anti-American Rally in Karachi


Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization burn the U.S. flag during an anti-American rally in Karachi April 6, 2012. About 500 protesters gathered to march on the streets of Karachi to condemn the American decision to place a $10 million bounty on its leader Hafiz Saeed. The Islamist leader who had the $10 million American bounty placed on his head this week has been helping Pakistan de-radicalise militants under efforts to stabilise the strategic U.S. ally, a top Pakistani counter-terrorism official said on Friday. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)

Press TV reported on the rally:

Hundreds of Pakistani students have staged a demonstration against the US in Karachi, protesting Washington’s placing a bounty on the head of a Pakistani Islamic group, Press TV reports.

The students took to the streets on Tuesday to condemn the move against the founder and current chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

On April 2, the US authorities announced that they would offer as much as USD 10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who has been accused of masterminding the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The attacks left some 160 people dead.

Islamabad says Saeed has been cleared by Pakistani courts of any involvement in the attacks.

The student protesters torched a US flag and demanded an apology from Washington for insulting a Pakistani national.

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