Pakistan killer's funeral draws crowds

Pakistan killer's funeral draws crowds

Thousands of Pakistanis have turned out for the funeral of a former bodyguard executed for killing Punjab's governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws.

 

Security was tight as a crowd of about 30,000 gathered to pay their last respects to Mumtaz Qadri in Rawalpindi, BBC reports.

 

Qadri was hailed as a hero by Islamists for the 2011 killing of Salman Taseer, who wanted to reform the strict laws.

 

Thousands of police were deployed along the route of the funeral procession and in the nearby capital, Islamabad.

 

Qadri supporters threw rose petals on his coffin, Reuters reports from Liaquat Bagh park where the funeral was held.

 

"He lives! Qadri lives!" mourners chanted, the news agency reported. "From your blood, the revolution will come!"

 

 

 

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