Pakistanis Protest Publication Of Prophet Muhammad Drawings

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Pakistanis are protesting against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark.

About 200 students demonstrated Friday at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, chanting against what they called “blasphemy,” and demanding that the Danish ambassador be sent home.

About another 200 people protested in another city, Multan, burning Danish flags and calling for the boycott of European products.

Protesters in the city of Karachi torched effigies of the Danish prime minister.

The protests come after Denmark’s leading newspapers reprinted drawings of Islam’s prophet in a gesture of solidarity – after Danish police said they uncovered a plot to kill one of the artists.

The drawings originally appeared in Western papers in 2006, sparking deadly riots in the Islamic world.

Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet for fear it could lead to idolatry. In Pakistan, blasphemy of Muhammad carries a death sentence.