Protesters vandalise Samsung billboards in Pakistan over insult to Prophet

A mob vandalised Samsung billboards in Pakistan’s Karachi over alleged blasphemy. The company said an internal investigation into the matter is underway.

Protests erupted in Karachi against Samsung on Friday. (Photo: Screengrab)

Protests erupted in Pakistan’s Karachi on Friday after WiFi devices installed at a mall allegedly played comments against the companions of Prophet Muhammad. A mob vandalised Samsung billboards and accused the global firm of blasphemy.

According to Dawn newspaper, the Karachi Police turned off all WiFi devices and detained over 20 employees of the mobile phone company following the protests. The police also seized the device that allegedly played out a blasphemous comment.

Following the protests, Samsung Pakistan issued a statement saying the company maintained neutrality on religious sentiments.

“Samsung Electronics has reiterated its firm stance that it endeavours to maintain objectivity on all matters of religious significance. with reference to the recent developments in Karachi, Samsung Electronics stands firm on its stance that the company has the utmost respect for all religious sentiments and beliefs and holds the religion of Islam in utmost respect,” the company said in a statement, adding that internal investigation into the matter is underway.

However, there were also reports of protesters blaming Samsung for introducing a ‘blasphemous QR code’.

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