As many as 1,500 alleged sympathzers of the al Qaeda organization took to the streets against the very spirit of North American freedoms granted under the Canadian and American constitution and protested in front of the U.S. consulate in Toronto.
The alleged al Qaeda supporters were protesting the “Innocence of Muslims” movie trailer, that has left scores of people dead.
The protest was led by Pakistani Canadian Zafar Bangash, director of the Institute for Contemporary Islamic Thought. According to the Star newspaper in Toronto, Bangash wants the U.S. to remove the film from YouTube and prosecute Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man allegedly behind the film, for public mischief and hate speech.
Pakistan has seen the largest number of deaths, more than two dozens, in protests against the movie trailer on youtube.
Saner sections of Pakistan society have deplored what they called President Barack Hussein Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham apologetic stance on the issue.
One of the most highly respected Pashtun secular leaders Asfandyar Wali Khan, who is facing death threats from al Qaeda and Taliban, was unhappy over Clinton’s statement.
“By condemning the video, U.S. foreign minister Hillary Clinton has unwittingly fallen prey to the ploy of the religious extremists,” Mr. Khan,who belongs to a legednary family of Pashtun freedom fighters and is president of the Awami National Party, said in a personally written post on his Facebook page. “It would have been better for the U.S. that instead of condemning the video it showed have shown its fury over the killing of U.S. ambassador (J. Christopher Stevens) and strongly protested against the show of disrespect to U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and elsewhere.”
Mr. Khan said the killers of Ambassador Stevens must be brought to justice fast. “By doing so a strong message will go to the Islamic extremists so that next time before carrying out any such action they will think a hundred times,” Mr. Khan said.
Many Islamists in Pakistan were unhappy over mr. Khan’s stand and dubbed him “more loyal than the monarch” towards the U.S.
Husain Haqqani, one of the best ambassadors Pakistan ever posted in the United States, in a column in the Wall Street Journal wrote, “Protests orchestrated on the pretext of slights and offenses against Islam have been part of Islamist strategy for decades. Iran’s ayatollahs built an entire revolution around anti-Americanism.”
Haqqani was sacked from his job last winter under pressure of the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence, who treated him as an enemy agent working for the C.I.A.
According to The Star, a Toronto man linked to the movie by the Egyptian government visited Toronto police’s 42 division Saturday in Scarborough to ask for protection after Egyptian imams ordered he be beheaded.
The Star report said Nader Fawzy, 52, denies any involvement with the film and says it’s the Egyptian government’s way of retaliating against a lawsuit he filed on behalf of Coptic Christian activists who died in police custody during former president Hosni Mubarak’s rein.
“I’m scared, number one, for my small kids. Each time they are leaving the home … I’m calling them now like crazy,” Nader Fawzy said.
Scarborough is the same district where last year a woman of Baloch ethnic descent Shaher Bano Shahdady was killed by her newly-arrived Baloch husband after she was forcibly married against her wishes by her born again Muslim father Mullah Abdul Ghafoor.
Canada has lately become fertile ground for terrorists of all ilks, who receive financing and allegedly provide material support to terrorism in different parts of the world.