Thousands rally in Pakistan against Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-18 22:22
(Farooq Naeem, AFP)

(Farooq Naeem, AFP)

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Islamabad - Thousands of Pakistanis rallied for a fourth day on Sunday in all major cities to protest against caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, officials said.

Islamic groups and a liberal political party took part in marches in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar.

No violence was reported, said police official Ikhlaq Ahmed.

The biggest rally in eastern Lahore was led by cleric Hafiz Mohamed Saeed, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic charity, thought to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that attacked the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008.

Saeed urged Muslims all over the world to boycott French products and called upon governments to sever diplomatic ties with France.

Protesters burned the French flag and an effigy of the French president, calling for the banning of the weekly satirical magazine.

They chanted "Down with Charlie Hebdo" and "Death to blasphemers".

In the southern city of Karachi, Jamaat-e-Islami party activists and cricket star turned politician Imran Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf held protest rallies.

Members of Khan's party tried to reach the French consulate in the city but they were stopped by the police.

A group of Pakistani Christians joined Muslims in the north-western city of Peshawar.

Three people including a photojournalist for French AFP news agency were injured in protests on Friday.

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