A Pakistani protestor has died after inhaling smoke from burning U.S. flags during a rally against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.Abdullah Ismail died in Mayo hospital in Lahore having complained of feeling unwell during the angry demonstrations in the eastern Pakistan city yesterday.
Around 10,000 people are estimated to have taken part in the protest organised by the group Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool
Demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans before setting light to an American flag outside the U.S. Consulate.
Some, who tried to reach the wall of the building, scuffled with baton-wielding police.
The participants marched from Nila Gumbad to Masjid-i-Shuhada on The Mall and despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, the road remained blocked to traffic until 6pm
A number of religious leaders addressed the rally including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of the Jamatud Dawa organisation - one of the largest and most active militant Islamist groups in South Asia.
He claimed the film had been produced with the backing of the U.S. establishment.
He said director Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and others involved in its production and release must be hanged.
According to the Express Tribune he told protestors: 'The U.S. must make a law against blasphemy – or we will not let the U.S. consulates in Pakistan function.'
He also dismissed the value of the resolution made on September 13 by parliament which condemning the movie. He said the country's president Asif Ali Zardari must announce jihad against countries such as the U.S. who 'support attacks on Islam'.