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Pakistan Bans Cartoon Protests After Violent Demonstrations

The Pakistani government has imposed a ban on protests in the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned demonstration on Sunday against cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.

The announcement of the ban by Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed follows a violent week of demonstrations in Pakistan. Five people were killed this week, and at least four people were wounded Saturday when shots were fired during a protest in the town of Cheniot, in central Punjab province.

In a separate demonstration Saturday, thousands of Pakistani women rallied peacefully in Karachi.

In London, at least 10,000 Muslims converged on London's Trafalgar Square. The Muslim Action Committee organized Saturday's protest in the British capital.

The uproar over the satirical cartoons also resulted in the deaths Friday of at least 11 people in Libya and the burning of the Italian consulate in Benghazi.

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