Salman Taseer assassination points to Pakistani extremists’ mounting power

Under tight security, thousands of people gathered in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday for the funeral of the slain governor of Punjab province, a chief ally of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Salman Taseer, an outspoken liberal in an increasingly intolerant nation, was shot multiple times in this capital city Tuesday by one of his police guards. The guard then surrendered to police and told them he had killed the politician for his public stance against Pakistan’s controversial anti-blasphemy laws.

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