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US adamant to Put off air the Blasphemous Movie, instead buying air time on Pakistani channels to halt the Protest


JNN 22 Sept 2012 WASHINGTON: The United States has bought time on Pakistani television stations to run a series of advertisments in a bid to stem Muslim protests at an amateur anti-Islam film, a US official said Wednesday.

The State Department has spent some $70,000 dollars to air the ad in Urdu across seven Pakistani TV channels in a bid to disassociate the US government from the inflammatory film, spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

“After the video came out there was concern in lots of bodies politic, including in Pakistan, whether this represented the views of the US government,” Nuland told journalists.

“So in order to ensure we reached the largest number of Pakistanis, some 90 million as I understand in this case with these spots, it was the judgment that this was the best way to do it.”

The 30-second ad shows clips of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taken from their speeches made since the violence flared in Muslim nations last week, in which US ambassador to Libya was killed.

It also includes an image of the US seal “to make clear it’s official,” and a notice that they were paid for, although Nuland was uncertain whether the name of the State Department was included.

Pakistan is the only country in the world where the ads are running. The embassy wanted to run the ads because it determined that the messages of Obama and Clinton were not reaching enough of the Pakistani public through regular news reporting, Nuland said.

The aim was “to make sure that the Pakistani people hear the president’s messages and the secretary’s messages,” Nuland said.

Obama is shown saying: “Since our founding the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”

Clinton then says: “Let me state very clearly, the United States has absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its contents. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.”

Some channels on which the ad appeared, it was followed by a tag reading ‘paid content’.

But it was unclear whether the message was getting across Thursday as thousands of protesters clashed with police close to Islamabad’s diplomatic enclave in chaotic scenes that left at least 50 people injured.

The outrage across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia was triggered by a crudely-made movie “Innocence of Muslims,” believed to have been produced by US-based extremist Christians.

Protests have erupted in at least 20 countries leading to the deaths of more than 30 people in violence linked to the film.

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2 comments on “US adamant to Put off air the Blasphemous Movie, instead buying air time on Pakistani channels to halt the Protest

  1. Sir Fin9
    September 25, 2012

    Muslims are protesting in obayence of islam. Muslim means the obayence. All the relegions are made by man,and people are ready if there is a relegion which is not man made. Islam is the relegion which never accepts any kind of secular or imperial rule. But it is our misery that we are secular for cummunal hormony,and our royal dreams are base fog for islamic amendments. Cummunally being muslims like Qadiyani,Devbandi,Mirasi they have modified the syllabus in abuse to their own prophets value,and the same features are coming true in the films publicly. And the respect is protesting against the scandle. Scandle is homemade by priest,close like knot of the nose_so it is not visible. But we are facing the finance value blaze. It is very difficult to find out whats the wrong with the people. For the solution they are killing you,with royal respect. We could not understand their co-operation between us.We are not fools. ALLAHKARIM.

  2. Sir Fin9
    September 25, 2012

    All the relegions are made by man,people are ready to accept if there is a relegion which is not man made. Islam never accepts any kind of royal or secular rule. But it is our misery that we are bifercated cummunities like Qadyani,Devbandi,Mirasi etc,they have own modified syllabus in abuse to their prophets value-and same features are coming true in the films publicly. And the respect is protesting against the scandle. Scandle which is invisible as a knot of the nose like priest. It is very difficult to find out what is wrong with the people. For solution they are killing with royal respect. We should be aware of purity and for purity in the respect for the day of resurrection. ALLAHKARIM.

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