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Pakistani Lawmakers Condemn Muhammad Cartoons

Pakistani Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousuf (C) and lawmakers chant slogans against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Muhammad.

Pakistan’s lower parliament house has condemned a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad that appeared on the cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In a resolution unanimously adopted on January 15, the National Assembly urged the international community, including the European Union, "to make sure such things are not repeated."

Some 50 lawmakers later marched in front of the parliament building.

Two Islamist gunmen stormed into Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters on January 7, killing 12 people including senior editors and cartoonists.

A new issue of the weekly went on sale on January 14, showing a cartoon featuring Muhammad shedding a tear and holding a sign reading "I am Charlie."

In Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the cartoon as a "grave provocation," saying, "Freedom of the press does not mean freedom to insult" the Muslim Prophet.

With reporting by dpa and AFP