Pakistan’s security improved for executed officer’s funeral

Pakistan steps up security measures in Islamabad and Rawalpindi ahead of funeral for executed police officer

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Supporters of Mumtaz Qadri shower rose pastels on an ambulance carrying the body of Qadri for funeral in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, March 1, 2016.

Pakistan has stepped up security measures and closed all schools in both the capital, Islamabad, and its adjacent city of Rawalpindi ahead of a funeral of the hanging of a police officer who executed a governor in 2011 for blasphemy.

Police officer Ashfaq Tarar says the measure is a precaution against violent protesters that denounced the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, whose supporters are converging on Rawalpindi for the funeral later Tuesday.

Roads around government buildings, diplomatic compounds and Parliament have been closed off.

Protesters took to the streets in several Pakistani cities after Qadri’s execution, while some community and political leaders have publicly defended him.

Qadri had shot Governor Salman Taseer after he was involved in blasphemy while under Pakistani law, blasphemy stipulates the penalty of death.

TRTWorld, AP