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Anti-US rally in Multan

Multan, Jan. 17 (Reuters): Several hundred Pakistani Islamists protested today against a possible attack on Iraq by the US and activities of FBI agents in the country.

In the central city of Multan, about 450 angry demonstrators burnt effigies of President George W. Bush, US secretary of state Colin Powell and FBI agents.

“For how long will America drink blood of the Muslims'” shouted supporters of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan party, a member of a six-party alliance of Islamic groups.

Pakistan’s Right-wing has staged several protests against the US and the FBI in recent weeks, but they have drawn a few thousand people at best. Pakistan became a key ally in the US-led war on terror after the September 11 attacks, something that has angered the radicals.

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