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Pakistanis Protest Muhammad Cartoons for Fourth Day

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have rallied for the fourth consecutive day to protest cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

A crowd of at least 40,000 people marched through the commercial district of the southern port city of Karachi Thursday. But unlike the previous three days, there were no reports of violence.

The protesters shouted "God is Great!" as they burned Danish flags and effigies of the Danish prime minister. Thousands of police and paramilitary troops looked on but did not interfere.

The leader of the Sunni Muslim group that organized the rally demanded that the government expel ambassadors of countries where newspapers published the controversial cartoons.

President Pervez Musharraf has condemned the violence and noted that some people are exploiting the situation to create violence.

The cartoons first appeared in Denmark five months ago and later were reprinted in several European newspapers. They triggered violent Muslim protests across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.