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UN peace plea as anti-US protests turn violent in Pakistan

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At least 17 people have been killed in Pakistan, after violent protests erupted over an anti-Islam film made in the US.

Tens of thousands of people joined Friday’s demonstrations, on the Muslim day of prayer that the government had declared as “Love the Prophet Day.”

The UN called on those taking part in protests to end the violence.

“Both the film and the cartoons are malicious and deliberately provocative,” said UN spokesman Rupert Colville.

“The High Commissioner stated clearly why people wished to protest strongly against the film and obviously the cartoons as well, and made clear it is their right to do so but peacefully.”

The worst of Friday’s violence in Pakistan was seen in Karachi and in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The “Innocence of Muslims” film has also sparked unrest in several other countries.