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Pakistan Calls Back its Ambassador to Denmark for Consultations


Pakistan has called back its ambassador to Denmark "for consultations," amid continuing unrest over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which were first published in a Danish newspaper in September.

The move follows Denmark's decision to temporarily close its embassy in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Pakistani police have detained the founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba to prevent him from inciting protesters. Officials say Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was due to speak at a mosque on Friday.

Local Islamic clerics in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar offered rewards amounting to more than one million dollars to anyone who kills a cartoonist. In Karachi, security forces fired tear gas against protesters who blocked a highway. And in Multan, police detained demonstrators who tried to stage a rally.

In India, the state assembly of southern Andhra Pradesh state passed a resolution condemning the cartoons, and Muslims held protests in the southern cities of Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Peaceful protests over the cartoons were staged in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, and in Hong Kong -- the first large protest by the Muslim minority there in years.

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