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Execution protests in Pakistan

Pakistani supporters of banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) have marched in protest against the execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder, including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. Marches also took place across Bangladesh, emphasising the divisions between society over Molla’s execution.

Execution protests in Pakistan
Pakistani supporters of banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) shout slogans during a protest against the execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, in Karachi on December 16, 2013. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder -- including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Pakistani supporters of banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) shout slogans during a protest against the execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, in Karachi on December 16, 2013. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder -- including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
The chief of Pakistan's banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, (C), leads funeral prayers for Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, in Multan on December 16, 2013. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder -- including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Pakistani supporters of banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) watch as Indian flags burn during a protest against the execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, in Karachi on December 16, 2013. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder -- including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Pakistani supporters of banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) shout slogans during a protest against the execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, in Rawalpindi on December 16, 2013. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder -- including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Pakistani supporters of banned Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) shout slogans during a protest against the execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, in Rawalpindi on December 16, 2013. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan after being convicted of rape and mass murder -- including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Bangladeshi demonstrators from the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) carry white flags as they organise a human chain to protest against unrest in Dhaka on December 15, 2013. The execution of Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes triggered fresh unrest in the impoverished country, already reeling from political violence in the build-up to a deeply divisive national election scheduled for January 5. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Bangladesh police stand guard during a strike organised by Jamaat-e-Islami supporters following the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes, in Dhaka on December 15, 2013. Jamaat-e-Islami has called the strike to register its protest against the execution of Abdul Quader Molla. Molla's hanging triggered fresh unrest in the impoverished country, already reeling from political violence in the build-up to a deeply divisive national election scheduled for January 5. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan raise their hands before offering absencia funeral prayers for Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla a day after his execution, in Karachi on December 13, 2013. Molla, who became the first Bangladeshi to be hanged for his role in the war, was dubbed the 'Butcher of Mirpur' for overseeing the killing of some 350 civilians in a Dhaka suburb during the nine-month conflict. (AFP/Getty Images)
Execution protests in Pakistan
Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan shout slogans after absencia funeral prayers for Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla a day after his execution, in Islamabad on December 13, 2013. Molla, who became the first Bangladeshi to be hanged for his role in the war, was dubbed the 'Butcher of Mirpur' for overseeing the killing of some 350 civilians in a Dhaka suburb during the nine-month conflict. (AFP/Getty Images)