Day of ‘love’: Pakistan declares Friday national holiday to ‘protest’ film no one has seen

The Pakistani government announced that Friday, Sept. 21 will be a national holiday to honor the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

Pakistan gov't will declare Friday a national holiday in honor of Muslim prophet Mohammed in response to anti-Islam film (Al Arabiya)

— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) September 19, 2012

Public holiday on Friday.Youm e Ishq Rasool(P.B.U.H) to be observed says the government #Pakistan

— Haseeb Aslam (@hasiib31) September 19, 2012

But not a hittin’ the beach in your trendiest burquini kind of holiday.

Friday is a holiday not for leisure but for protest (against anti-Islam film): #Pakistan Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira.

— faisal Saeed (@braindrains) September 19, 2012

Kind of the government of Pakistan to gin up even more violent rage, er, peaceful protests of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, dontcha think?

“Protests must be peaceful,” Qamar Zaman Kaira, Pakistan's information minister, told reporters in Islamabad today.

— Jake Beckman (@jakebeckman) September 19, 2012

Peaceful. Just like all the other “protests” in recent days.

AFP reports:

The cabinet decided to make Friday an official “day of expression of love for the prophet” after discussing the “Innocence of Muslims” movie, which has triggered more than a week of violent protests across the Islamic world, a senior government official told AFP.

A day of love!

@kaalakawaa: The holiday on Friday is effectively just a Shariah Compliant Valentine's Day.” #Pakistan

— riazat butt (@riazat_butt) September 19, 2012

What could go wrong?

Wires alerting that Friday is to be national holiday in Pakistan in honour of the Prophet Mohammed – so everyone can have day off and riot??

— Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) September 19, 2012

Wow, Pakistan has declared Friday public holiday so people can protest Innocence of Muslims film "peacefully". That will go well…

— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) September 19, 2012

Maybe the U.S. State Department can tweet a travel warning some time Friday evening.

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