US airs anti-video adverts
- Published: 22 Sep 2012 at 05.03
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ISLAMABAD : The US State Department is airing a message on television channels in Pakistan with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disavowing an anti-Islamic film that triggered riots.
The US embassy in Islamabad produced the ad from public comments by Obama and Clinton, and the State Department spent about $70,000 (more than two million baht) to buy commercial time to show it, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington Friday.The ad is an attempt to defuse anti-American sentiment that has spread through the Middle East and beyond over the video made in the US that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad. Pakistan deployed its army to protect diplomatic missions in Islamabad amid some of the most sustained and violent protests yet against the film.“We have to do everything we can to protect foreigners in the country,” Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said in an interview with the GEO television channel, criticizing violence he said was an attempt to sabotage the government’s call for peaceful rallies Friday. “Is this the way to show respect to our Prophet?” Kaira said.Earlier, riot police had fired tear gas and warning shots as hundreds of stick-wielding students, some in college uniforms, converged on the so-called red zone that houses the US embassy and the prime minister’s house, breaking through barbed-wired barricades flung across roads.“We will not tolerate insult to our Prophet,” demonstrators shouted as they bid to outwit police and gain access to the heavily guarded enclave.Rejected ‘Absolutely’The 30-second US announcement, subtitled in Urdu, shows Obama saying the US rejects “all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” Clinton is shown saying, “The United States government...
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