Pakistani supporters of Mumtaz Qadri rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
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Tens of thousands of supporters of a Pakistani Islamist executed for gunning down a liberal governor gathered for his funeral Tuesday, sparking fears of violence, as schools closed and police cordoned off flashpoints.Main junctions and sensitive buildings in the capital Islamabad and the nearby garrison city of Rawalpindi were guarded by thousands of police, who also lined the route taken by Mumtaz Qadri's funeral procession. Analyst Amir Rana said the execution marked a key moment for Pakistan in its more than a decade-long fight against religious extremism.Pakistan's media meanwhile maintained a near-blackout for the second day running, a move that analysts said so far has helped limit the fallout from the execution.Thousands protested in cities across Pakistan Monday after authorities announced the hanging had taken place early that morning.
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