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FIR Registered Against Pro-Qadri Demonstrators

Thousands took to streets to protest against the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri

An FIR was registered against some Islamic religious leaders and thousands of demonstrators for protesting against Qadri’s hanging on the charges of promoting enmity between different groups, rioting and misuse of the loudspeaker, police said on Wednesday.

According to the Soldier Bazaar police, the FIR has been registered on behalf of the state against leaders of the protesters namely Mufti Ghulam Ghaus, Mufti Abid, Muzaffar Husain Shah, Bashir Qadri and around 7,000 others who blocked M.A. Jinnah Road, misused the loudspeaker and used abusive language against state institutions during their protest.

The convicts have been convicted under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Loudspeakers Act, said Soldier Bazaar SHO Irshad Soomro while speaking to Dawn News.

Mumtaz Qadri, murderer of former governor of Punjab Salman Taseer was hanged till death on Monday. Many religious and political parties took to streets to protest against the hanging, some destroying public property. Some protestors went to the extreme of harassing Information Minister Pervez Rasheed while he was exiting Karachi airport.

Thousands hail Qadri as their ‘hero’ for killing Taseer who voiced his opinion in favour of blasphemy accused Christian woman Asia Bibi and talked about repealing the blasphemy laws of Pakistan.

Thousands participated in Qadri’s funeral to pay him final affections.