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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 an Islamic militant leader and more than 150 protesters in a bid to stop five days of unrest over the cartoons.

Officials say Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, is under house arrest in Lahore. He was due to speak at a mosque there Friday, before addressing a rally against the cartoons in Faisalabad.

In Karachi, Pakistani security forces fired tear gas against protesters who blocked a highway. In Multan, police detained demonstrators who tried to stage a rally.

In India, the state assembly of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh passed a resolution condemning the cartoons and called on Muslims not to be swayed by such provocative publications. 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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