Pakistani police have clashed with crowds who were protesting over an image of the Prophet Muhammad published in French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. BBC reports:
The authorities used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the demonstration, near the French consulate in Karachi. The protest was part of a nationwide rally called by Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamist party.
Charlie Hebdo featured a cartoon of Muhammad this week, a week after gunmen carried out a massacre at its offices. Twelve people were killed in the Paris attack, carried out by two French Muslims angry over earlier depictions of Muhammad in the magazine.
On Thursday, Pakistani politicians passed a motion condemning Charlie Hebdo for publishing the latest cartoon.
Religious leaders openly called for journalists at the magazine to be hanged, and several religious groups called for protests after Friday prayers.
In Karachi, at least three people were injured during the clashes between police and about 200 protesters, who were mostly student activists from Jamaat-e-Islami.