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A press photographer has been shot in Pakistan during a demonstration against Charlie Hebdo.

Pakistani students clashed with police in Karachi during protests against the French satirical magazine which was attacked by gunmen last week for publishing images of the Prophet Mohammed.

The clashes broke out when the protesters started heading towards the French consulate in Karachi. They began throwing stones at police, who tried to push them back with water cannons and tear gas.

French news agency AFP said its photographer Asif Hassan had undergone surgery and "his life does not seem in danger". AFP is trying to find out whether Mr Hassan was targeted or shot accidentally.

The protesters were mostly students affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Although there were concerns that rallies against Charlie Hebdo's new cover depicting the Prophet would unravel into violence across the Muslim world, protests elsewhere mostly passed peacefully.

Pakistan has condemned the Paris massacre but many people in this overwhelmingly Muslim country view the magazine's Prophet caricatures as a profound insult.

Police in Karachi said some of the protesters were armed and opened fire on officers first. A spokesman said police fired into the air to disperse the crowd.

In the capital Islamabad, about 1,000 people gathered carrying signs that read "Shame on Charlie Hebdo" and "If you are Charlie, then I am Kouachi" - referring to the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who carried out the assault on the magazine and who had told survivors they were sent by al Qaida in Yemen.

In the eastern city of Lahore, about 800 people rallied against the magazine for a second day.

Pakistani lawmakers yesterday passed a resolution against cartoons of the Prophet and marched outside parliament to protest against Charlie Hebdo's latest cover.

In the Jordanian capital Amman, clashes erupted after Friday prayers between about 2,000 protesters organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, and security forces.

Riot police used batons to disperse the protesters as they tried to march to the French Embassy.

The crowd chanted slogans against Charlie Hebdo and Jordanian officials for taking part in the Paris unity march last weekend.

The Jordanian royal house denounced the latest publication of Charlie Hebdo for its front cover, saying publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed was "irresponsible and far from the essence of freedom of expression", but King Abdullah and Queen Rania took part in the Paris march in solidarity with the victims of the terror attack.

In Istanbul, about 160 men held funeral prayers to honour the Kouachi brothers. They shouted, "God is great", and held a banner showing former al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden's picture on one side and the Kouachi brothers superimposed over the Parisian skyline on the other.

There were also smaller posters with the slogans "We are all Cherif" and "We are all Said" among the demonstrators.

In Sudan, several hundred Muslim worshippers marched briefly after Friday prayers in Khartoum city centre, demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador from the country, chanting they were ready to sacrifice "blood and soul to protect" the Prophet.

Saudi Arabia's top council of senior clerics condemned Charlie Hebdo's latest depiction of the Prophet and said it only serves extremists looking to justify murder and terrorism.

Qatar said it strongly condemned the French weekly's act and urged Western media "to respect others and their beliefs" and refrain from acts of intolerance and extremism.

Algerian police struggled to contain more than 1,000 protesters thronging the streets of the capital.

Chanting "I am not Charlie, I am Mohammed", protesters left their mosques after Friday prayers and gathered in May 1 square in Algiers city centre where they were met by hundreds of riot police.

Demonstrations in the capital are forbidden, but only a few people have been arrested so far and police appear content to keep the protesters contained.

Umair Saeed, an official with Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing in Karachi, denied the students had weapons and blamed police for opening fire.

In Iran, Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani led prayers in Tehran during which he called Charlie Hebdo's new cartoon "shocking" and said it had no link to freedom of expression.

"This is brazenness, blasphemy, inferiority, malignancy and ignorance," he said.

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