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“We can let our necks be severed, but we cannot bow down before oppressive rulers. Our struggle will continue. There are many Ghazis living to be martyred,” said Mr. Aziz, who was escorted by two dozen police commandos while 700 other officers watched over the gathering.

Mr. Ghazi’s wooden coffin was surrounded by hundreds of mourners, many with tears in their eyes, as it was carried to a madrassa for burial. One man broke a small glass window on the coffin’s cover through which a deceased person’s face can be viewed.

In Islamabad, crews put the remains of dozens of militants killed at the mosque into temporary graves.

According to official reports, 108 persons died in eight days of fighting around the mosque compound. The government hasn’t given precise figures but says most of the dead were armed extremists.

Some opposition figures said the death toll was higher. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president of the six-party opposition United Action Forum, said that between 400 and 1,000 people were killed.

Gen. Musharraf said the militants at the Red Mosque had links with extremists in Pakistan’s tribal areas and the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan, a region where many people are sympathetic to the hard-line brand of Islam espoused by the Taliban.