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Last Updated: Friday, 10 February 2006, 16:24 GMT
Thousands attend cartoon protests
The protests in Karachi on Friday
Denmark was also denounced by crowds in Karachi
Thousands of Muslims across the Indian sub-continent have demonstrated against cartoons first published in Denmark satirising the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the largest protests was in the Indian city of Bhopal where 10,000 Muslims took part in a silent rally.

In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, protesters smashed windows and burned Danish cheese as they vented their fury over the continuing controversy.

In Bangladesh a crowd of around 10,000 marched through the capital Dhaka.

Muslims around the world have been protesting for several weeks after several European newspapers republished the cartoons, which had originally been printed in a Danish paper.

The newspapers said they were defending freedom of speech but Muslims all over the world have been offended by the images of the Prophet, whose depiction is traditionally forbidden under Islam.

Islam and Muslims have been challenged and we will not rest unless nations that humiliated us are punished
Ahmed Bukhari
Chief cleric

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in the Afghan capital, Kabul, says hundreds of demonstrators marched through the city shouting "Death to Denmark" and "Death to America".

He said security in the city was tight and police prevented the demonstrators marching on the US and Danish embassies.

In Delhi, a senior cleric at the Jama Masjid mosque, Ahmed Bukhari, said: "For 1,400 years, Islam has fought its evil enemies and now it will not bow before the Satanic designs of France, Germany, Norway and Denmark.

"Islam and Muslims have been challenged and we will not rest unless nations that humiliated us are punished."

He called on the Indian government to demand an apology from Denmark.





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