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Lahore, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of mourners rushed to the funeral of a radical Islamic priest on Saturday …
Lahore, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of mourners rushed to the funeral of a radical priest who defended Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law demanding the death penalty for insulting Muslims on Saturday.
The mourners gathered in the eastern city of Lahore, where Islamic scholar and leader Kadim Hussein Lisvi died two days ago at the age of 54.
The Lizbi party, Tehreek-e-Labiak, has only two seats in parliament, but his movement has repeatedly imposed its purpose through large-scale demonstrations.
Last Sunday, Lizbi led thousands of supporters in a sit-in in the capital of Islamabad, protesting the republishing of a portrait of the Prophet Muhammad, whom he considered blasphemous, in France. The demonstrators temporarily clashed with security forces at the rally. The rally was one of a wave of national protests expressing anger at caricatures.
The Pakistani government promised on Tuesday that the opposition’s request to cut off diplomatic relations with France and expel the French ambassador would soon be discussed in parliament. A Tehreek-e-Labiak spokesman said the government also agreed to release party members detained in recent protests.
The radical Islamic Party campaigned on a single agenda to defend Pakistan’s blasphemy law and drew attention in the 2018 Pakistani elections.
In November 2017, the believer held a 21-day protest and sit-in after the reference to the holiness of the Prophet Muhammad was removed from the text of the government form.
Lizbi led a protest last year after Pakistani authorities released Aasia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman who had been on death row for eight years for blasphemy. The court acquitted her, but she had to flee to Canada after being threatened.
The Prophet’s caricature, published in France, has sparked protests throughout Asia and the Middle East in search of a boycott of French products. They have also been seen in recent weeks as triggering some deadly attacks on the French people and interests.
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