Violence at Pakistan rally in support of blasphemy laws

Source: Associated Press

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan police say violence erupted at a rally convened by Islamists in favor of the country’s harsh blasphemy laws in the city of Lahore.

Wednesday’s rally coincided with the commemoration for a former governor killed for supporting a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says 76 demonstrators were detained as they tried to reach the family residence of Salman Taseer, the ex-governor killed in 2011 by his bodyguard for backing Asia Bibi. She had been on death row for years.

Ashraf said officers used tear-gas to disperse the rally.

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