Charlie Hebdo cartoons: Pakistan Muslims, Christians protest blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad

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Lahore | Updated: January 19, 2015 5:34 PM

Pakistani political and religious groups protested for a fourth day against what they call blasphemous Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

charlie hebdo cartoons, charlie hebdo attack, prophet Muhammad cartoon, prophet Muhammad charlie hebdoHafiz Saeed (C), founder of the religious group Lashkar-e-Taiba exits after addressing his supporters during a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad as the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, in Lahore January 18, 2015. Around 5,000 people rallied against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Sunday, and the founder of a group banned for militant links urged protesters to boycott French products. REUTERS

Pakistani political and religious groups protested for a fourth day against what they call blasphemous Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the French magazine.

Protesters in multiple cities burned the French flag and an effigy of the French president, calling for the banning of the weekly satirical magazine. One protest paid tribute to the brothers who attacked the magazine’s offices.

The biggest protest took place in the eastern city of Lahore, where over 10,000 supporters of the hard-line Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization chanted ”Down with Charlie Hebdo” and ”Death to blasphemers.”

Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed urged Muslim leaders to convince the United Nations to declare any form of blasphemy an international crime.

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”If the United Nations doesn’t pay any heed to it, then Muslim states should form a United Nations of their own,” Saeed said.

Also in Lahore, a small group gathered in front of the Lahore Press Club to pay homage to the Kouachi brothers who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, killing 12 people. They offered funeral prayers for Cherif and Said Kouachi, and held up signs praising them.

”A strong message was needed and they delivered it. We salute the messengers…may they live long,” one sign read.

charlie hebdo cartoons, charlie hebdo attack, prophet Muhammad cartoon, prophet Muhammad charlie hebdoPakistani children hold a poster to pay tribute to attackers of the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo in Paris, during a demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. A small group of people gathered in front of the Lahore Press Club to pay homage to the Kouachi brothers who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, killing 12 people. (AP)

In Karachi, the main Jamaat-e-Islami party and cricket star turned politician Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf party held protest rallies attended by hundreds.

About 1,200 supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami marched down a main street of the city where former JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan addressed them.

”Muslim masses are protesting over the blasphemous caricatures, but not the Muslim rulers and Muslim armies. They all should raise their voices over this act,” Hasan said.

charlie hebdo cartoons, charlie hebdo attack, prophet Muhammad cartoon, prophet Muhammad charlie hebdoSupporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party leader Imran Khan hold defaced posters of France’s President Francois Hollande during a protest march against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo to the French Consulate in Karachi January 18, 2015. Hollande said on Saturday that anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in other countries do not understand France’s attachment to freedom of speech. He was speaking a day after the satirical weekly’s publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad sparked violent clashes, including deaths, in some Muslim countries. REUTERS

About 200 supporters of Tehrik-e-Insaf attempted to reach the French consulate, but police blocked them. The protesters burned a portrait and an effigy of French president Francois Hollande.

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In the northwestern city of Peshawar, dozens of Christian protesters held their own anti-Charlie Hebdo protest – burning the French flag and demanding the magazine be banned.

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