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Pakistan Islamists rally in support of army - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

ens of thousands of Pakistani Islamists have staged protests in which they expressed support for the military and condemned the United States following a cross-border NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

About 30,000 demonstrators in Sunday's protest in Lahore said they backed the military, which has reasserted itself after the November 26 attack and in the wake of a controversial memo that has weakened the civilian government, the Reuters news agency reported.

Similar protests took place in the western city of Peshawar, where leaders of the Jammat-e-Islami criticised the Pakistani government for its handling of the country's affairs and NATO interventions in Pakistan.

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder in Peshawar quoted organisers of the rally as saying: "This wave of humanity should be able to convince the president [who is recovering in hospital in Dubai] that the people are unstoppable."

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 12:23:25 PM EST
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