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Karachi rally voices cartoon ire
Protesters at Karachi rally burn Danish effigy
Protesters made clear their anger at Denmark
Tens of thousands of protesters in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi have held a peaceful march against cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.

Some shouted "Death to Denmark," where the cartoons were first published.

There was also condemnation of US President George W Bush's visit to Pakistan and his war on terror, backed by Pakistan's President Musharraf.

The protest was peaceful, in contrast to earlier rallies over the past month, which have left at least five dead.

A nationwide strike in protest against the cartoons brought parts of Pakistan to a standstill on Friday, shortly before Mr Bush's arrival in the country.

The images of the Prophet Muhammad, first published in Denmark, have angered Muslims across the world.

One showed the Prophet Muhammad, whose depiction is banned in Islam, as a terrorist bomber.

Nigeria, Libya, Syria and Lebanon are among other countries to have seen violent protests against the cartoons.


As well as burning effigies of the Danish prime minister and the US president, the crowds in Karachi shouted "Death to America" and "Death to Musharraf".

Protester at Karachi rally
Anger was directed at Musharraf, as well as foreign targets
The cartoon issue has become another rallying point for Islamic parties opposed to Pakistan's co-operation with the United States in its war on terrorism.

"Bush should know that his puppet Musharraf has become unpopular," said Liaquat Baluch, one of the leaders of the Islamist alliance which organised the rally.

"The force that has gathered for the protection of the prophet's honour, will be used to topple this undemocratic regime, which is serving American interests," said another of the organisers, Maulana Fazlur Rahman.

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