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    Protests were organised across Pakistan on Thursday against the release of Central Intelligence Agency contractor Raymond Davis, who was arrested for shooting and killing two men in January, even as the United States will close its embassy and consulates on Friday in the country in view of planned countrywide strike.

    The US Embassy and consulates will be closed for routine business on Friday," embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez told PTI. Rodriguez said the decision was made for public safety and to ensure that people coming for visa applications and other routine business were not inconvenienced by the planned protests.

    Meanwhile, most of the protests were organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf party.

    Students, lawyers and supporters of religious and political parties took to the streets in several cities, including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, a day after a court pardoned and released Davis following a blood-money deal with the families of the two men he killed.

    Small protests had erupted in Lahore and Islamabad on Wednesday, hours after Davis, a 36-year-old former Special Forces soldier, was flown out of Pakistan on a special US flight.
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