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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said U.S. President George W. Bush expressed concern to him over the "thorny issue" of cartoon caricatures depicting Prophet Mohammed -- images that have sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world.

"I did touch on the very thorny issue of the act -- the blasphemous act -- against our prophet, peace be upon him," Musharraf said at a joint news conference with Bush.

"I did express the concerns of the Muslim world in general to condemn such acts and who reject the issue of justifying these acts in the name of freedom of press."

Musharraf added: "May I say that the president did show concern, and I am extremely grateful to him for showing concern towards the sentiments of the Muslim world."

Protests have taken place across the Muslim world after cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed were originally published in a Danish newspaper and then reprinted by other publications.

The violence has been largely directed at Danish and other Western-based interests, with some of the protests turning deadly. Tens of thousands have taken part in the protests in Pakistan alone.

Most of the Muslim world consider the depiction of the Muslim prophet to be blasphemous and banned by the Islamic holy book, the Quran.

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