Thousands gather in Pakistan for funeral of hanged officer Qadri
March 1, Islamabad: Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan converged on a city near the capital Islamabad to attend the funeral of a police officer executed the day before for killing Punjab's governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws .
Security was tight as about 50,000 mourners gathered to pay their last respects to Mumtaz Qadri in Rawalpindi.
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 are deployed along the route of the funeral procession and in the nearby capital, BBC news reported.
Qadri supporters threw rose petals on his coffin, Reuters reports from Liaquat Bagh park where the funeral was being held.
His execution on Monday prompted protesters to take to the streets in cities in Pakistan.
The Oslo Times