Death of Pakistan's firebrand cleric clouds future of extremist movement

In life, Pakistani hardline cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi terrorised the country’s religious minorities and incited nationwide riots, all while issuing pleas for the nuclear annihilation of European nations.But following his sudden death on Thursday, days after leading a paralysing anti-France rally in the capital, Pakistan’s military hailed him as a “great scholar” and Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his heartfelt condolences – both likely wary of the power of his movement.Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out for his funeral in Lahore on Saturday and flout mask-wearing guideli…

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