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March 7, 2021

Pakistan security tight after assassination of Punjab governor

Pakistan is on high alert as the fune­ral of assassinated Punjab governor Salman Taseer takes place in Lahore. Mr Taseer was shot dead by one of his own bodyguards who was an­gered by his opposition to blasphemy laws, BBC informed on Wed­nesday. Thousands gathered in La­hore for the burial of Mr Taseer, one of Pakistan’s most outspoken liberal politicians. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described his death as “a great loss”, saying he had promoted tolerance. The governor – a senior member of the governing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – had recently angered Islamists by appealing for a Christian woman, sentenced to death for blasphemy, to be pardoned. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani declared three days of national mourning and appealed for calm.

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