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Mumtaz Qadri awarded two times death sentence in Taseer murder case

By Haris Afzal on Saturday, October 1, 2011 with 0 comments

Mumtaz Qadri awarded two times death sentence in Taseer murder case
A local Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) here in Rawalpindi Saturday awarded two times death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, who

killed former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The case was heard by judge Pervez Ali Shah in Adiala Jail here. According to details, the court

announced in its verdict during final proceedings that no one could be given the license to kill anyone in any condition. Therefore, the killer cannot be

pardoned as he has committed a heinous crime by murdering the former governor, the court said.

Mumtaz Qadri has the right to appeal against the verdict in the high court within seven days, the lawyers of Mumtaz Qadri said.
Mumtaz Qadri who was on guard duty in Taseer’s elite force guards at the time of killing, shot the governor down for his views on the blasphemy law

outside a restaurant in Islamabad, Jan 4, 2011.
Qadri was arrested on the spot with the weapon. He confessed killing Taseer under oath.
Qadri confessed to killing Taseer, saying he had killed Punjab governor Salman Taseer for his ‘blasphemous’ statements.
During the in-camera hearing of the Taseer murder case, the ATC said that the murder, being a heinous crime, had no justification to it.
Assassin Mumtaz, a constable in the Punjab Police Elite Force, tried to justify the murder by stating that he had killed him for supporting Aasia Bibi, a

Christian woman who Taseer had projected as having been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy.
Judge Pervez Ali Shah announced the verdict at the court behind closed doors in the high-security Adiyala prison in Rawalpindi.

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