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Thousands in Pakistan protest hanging of governor's killer

Pakistani police say thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the capital, Islamabad, to protest the hanging of a man charged with murdering a secular governor.

Police officer Muhammed Akram said that security forces used blockades and tear gas but could not disperse the crowd, who gathered in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Sunday and then marched to Islamabad.

The protesters were marching against the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri in February. Qadri was charged for the 2011 murder of governor Salman Taseer, who was defending a Christian woman jailed on blasphemy charges.

Another police officer, Muhammad Nasim, said the crowd of around ten thousand people marching on the Islamabad highway was largely peaceful.


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