Irony?? Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally

A Pakistani protestor has  died after inhaling smoke from burning U.S.  flags during a rally against the anti-Islam film Innocence of  Muslims.

Abdullah Ismail  died in Mayo hospital in Lahore having complained of feeling unwell during the  angry demonstrations in the eastern Pakistan city yesterday.

Around 10,000 people are estimated to have  taken part in the protest organised by the group Tehreek  Hurmat-i-Rasool.

Pakistani Shiite Muslims climb the U.S. consulate wall to burn an American flag during a protest in Lahore against an anti-Islam movie

Pakistani Shiite Muslims climb the U.S. consulate wall  to burn an  American flag during a protest in Lahore against the anti-Islam  movie

Demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans  before setting light to an American flag  outside the U.S. Consulate.

Some, who tried to reach the wall of the  building, scuffled with baton-wielding police.

The participants marched from Nila Gumbad to  Masjid-i-Shuhada on The Mall and despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, the road  remained blocked to traffic until 6pm

A number of religious leaders addressed the  rally including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed,  head of the Jamatud Dawa organisation  – one of the largest and most active  militant Islamist groups in South Asia.

He claimed the film had been produced with  the backing of the U.S. establishment.

Activists of the Sirat-e-Mustaqeem Foundation burn the U.S. flag in Lahore during the protest against the anti-Islamic movie

Activists of the Sirat-e-Mustaqeem Foundation burn the  U.S. flag in Lahore during the protest against the anti-Islamic movie

He said director Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and  others involved in its production and release  must be hanged.

According to the Express  Tribune he told protestors: ‘The U.S. must make a law  against blasphemy – or we will not let the U.S. consulates in Pakistan  function.’

He also dismissed the value of the resolution  made on September 13 by parliament which condemning the movie. He said the  country’s president Asif Ali Zardari must announce jihad against countries such  as the U.S. who ‘support attacks on Islam’.

He also urged The Organisation of Islamic  Countries Conference to boycott U.S. goods.

Meanwhile other rallies against the  controversial film, which sparked controversy after a trailer was posted on  YouTube, took place across Pakistan.

Pakistani Sunni Muslims torch a US flag during the protest in Lahore where more than 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets

Pakistani Sunni Muslims torch a US flag during the  protest in Lahore where more than 10,000 demonstrators took to the  streets

Several hundred demonstrators in the  northwestern part of the country clashed with police after setting fire to a  press club and a government building.

The protesters apparently attacked the press  club in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Upper Dir district because they were angry  their rally wasn’t getting more coverage, according to the police.

I the town of Wari officers charged a crowd,  beating protesters back with batons, police official Mukhtar Ahmed  said.

The demonstrators then attacked an office  belonging to a senior government official and surrounded a local police station,  where officers locked themselves in.

Another protester died when police and  demonstrators exchanged fire in the city, and several others were wounded,  police spokesman Akhtar Hayat said.

In the southern city of Karachi Hundreds battled police for a second day as they tried to reach the U.S. Consulate.

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim woman holds a placard outside the U.S. consulate during the protest

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim woman holds a placard outside  the U.S. consulate during the protest

Police lobbed tear gas and fired in the air  to disperse the protesters from the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami  party.

Police arrested 40 students, but no injuries  were reported.

Pakistanis have also held many peaceful  protests against the film, including one in the southwest town of Chaman,  attended by around 3,000 students and teachers.

The chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court  ordered the government’s telecommunications authority to block access to the  film.

Government officials have said they are  trying to block the video, as well as other content considered blasphemous, but  it is still viewable on YouTube today.

The movie portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a  fraud, a womanizer and a child molester.

Protesters have directed their anger at the  U.S. government, insisting it should do something to stop it, although the film  was privately produced. American officials have criticized it for intentionally  offending Muslims.

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