Qadri’s sentencing and appeals

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An anti-terrorism court here sentenced Qadri to death on two counts for murder and terrorism in Oct, 2011.

In a 40-page statement submitted to the court, Qadri said at the time Taseer’s statements in support of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, had provoked him to kill the governor.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in October last year maintained the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri by an Anti-Terrorism Court, overturning Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) March 9 verdict, which had dismissed Qadri’s appeal against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his plea to void the Anti-Terrorism Act’s (ATA) Section 7.

The federal government had approached the height court for including the terrorism charges as the second offence in typically the punishment see more on YouTube Proxy .

The court cautioned at the time that will in Islam a bogus accusation could be as serious as the blasphemy itself, and that calls for profanity law reform “ought not really to be mistaken as a call for getting rid of that law”.

The Supreme Court dismissed Qadri’s review petition against his death sentence in December last year, with the judge heading the bench observing that the petition could neither establish errors floating in the judgment nor blasphemy charges against the former governor.

The trial and appeals process in Taseer murder case lasted four years.

Governor Taseer’s killing was the most high-profile political assassination since former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was murdered in a gun-and-suicide attack on a Rawalpindi election rally in Dec 2007.

Protests erupted in several areas of Rawalpindi and the capital over an hour after the news of the execution spread.

Dozens of Rangers and police in riot gear as well as ambulances were stationed outside Qadri’s home in the city early Monday, an AFP reporter there said.

Protesters torched tires against Qadri’s execution in Hyderabad see more on playit.pk .

 

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