Protesters torch theatres, clash with riot police on Pakistan’s ‘Day of Love’ for Muhammad
ISLAMABAD — Demonstrators clashed with police in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday as anger over insults to the Prophet Muhammad boiled over despite calls from political and religious leaders across the Muslim world for peaceful protest.
Western diplomatic missions throughout the Muslim world tightened security, with some closing down on expectation of big protests after Friday prayers.
Pakistan has declared Friday a “Day of Love for the Prophet Muhammad.” Critics of the unpopular government said it was pandering to Islamist parties. (Photos: AP Photo; AFP/Getty Images; Reuters)