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Pakistani rally against Charlie Hebdo turns violent

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Pakistani students are clashing with police during protests against the French satirical magazine that was attacked last week for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad.

The clashes broke out Friday afternoon when the protesters started heading toward the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi. The protesters began throwing stones at the police, who tried to push them back with water cannons and tear gas.

The protesters were mostly students affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Gunmen attacked the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, last week in an attack that left 12 people dead.

Pakistan has condemned the violence in France, but many people in this overwhelmingly Muslim country view the magazine’s caricatures of Muhammed as a profound insult to Islam. SAPA

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