Pakistan Detains 3 Leading Muslim Clerics As Protests Sweep Pakistan, India and London

October 09, 2001


In India-administered Kashmir thousands demonstrated against across India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir state with peoplepouring onto the streets of Srinagar, stoning taxis and chanting slogans against the US. Security personnel firedtear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Protests broke out in at least five different areas of the city. Around 200students also participated in a peaceful protest on the campus of Kashmir University amid tight security.

Across the border, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, large, sometimes raucous protests in some cities near the Afghanborder have been widespread since September 11. Today three Muslim clerics suspected of organizing mass anti-Americandemonstrations were detained after three people, including a 13-year-old boy, died in protests in Pakistan. Thesecurity crackdown followed a daylong riot yesterday in the Islamic fundamentalist stronghold of Quetta, whereprotesters burned cars, a police station and looted a bank to demand an end to the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, thousands protested around London yesterday.


  • Sputnik Kilumbi, Free Speech Radio News Reporter (in Kashmir).
  • Bruce Kent, Vice President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Pax Christi. Longtime peaceactivist and retired Catholic priest.