Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Muslim organization in Pakistan and arguably the most influential in the South Asian sub-continent, will rally a million Muslims on Friday to protest Charlie Hebdo and its satirical take on Islam.
Protests against the latest round of cartoons following a deadly attack on the Paris office of the magazine last week resulted in four deaths in Niger on Friday.
Two demonstrators were killed by police when they attempted to occupy the a French cultural center and after Christian churches were set ablaze.
Violent protests have also occurred in Pakistan and Algeria.
Peaceful demonstrations against the French publication were also staged in the former French colonies of Mali, Senegal and Mauritania.
Jamaat-e-Islami is supported by Saudi Arabia and is closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has long served as an intelligence asset for British and U.S. intelligence.
“The Akhwan-al-Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood) in the Arab world, the movements working in the northern African countries, Hammas in Palestine, Rifah in Turkey, Hizb-e-Nehdat-e-Islami, Tajikistan, Ma’Shoomi in Indonesia, the Muslim Youth Movement and the Islamic Party of Malaysia, al To’iah-al Islamia of Kuwait and Qatar and Al-Jamaat-e-Islamia of Lebanon, have ideological and at levels practical contacts with JI Pakistan,” notes GlobalSecurity.org.
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