Thousands of people attended the funeral of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi, a supporter of Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law on Saturday. Rizvi's party, which holds two seats in Parliament, has been demanding the inclusion of capital punishment in the Tehreek-e-Labiak blasphemy law for insulting Islam and has been organizing mass movements continuously for this.
The supporters of Rizvi, who died at the age of 54 two days ago, gathered in the eastern part of Lahore to mourn on Saturday. Rizvi also staged a sit-in with thousands of his supporters in the capital Islamabad last Sunday too. The strike was held in France to protest against the republication of Prophet Mohammed's cartoons.
Rizvi termed it as blasphemy. During the protest, the protesters clashed with the security forces, following which a wave of demonstrations started in Pakistan to show anger against the cartoons. Due to this, the Government of Pakistan had to declare a discussion in Parliament soon on the issue of breaking diplomatic relations with France on Tuesday and sending the French ambassador back.