Mumtaz Qadri Petition Accepted by Top Court: Death Sentence Challenged

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The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted a petition filed by Mumtaz Qadri the killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer. This challenged the Islamabad High Court’s decision to hand him the death sentence.

The hearing has been adjourned till the month of October. Headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, the three judge bench of the apex court, after hearing the arguments of Qadri’s lawyer framed five questions in this matter for consideration, therefore Mumtaz Qadri’s appeal was allowed and leave granted.

In its ruling on March 9, the IHC had rejected Qadri’s application against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his application to void the Anti Terrorism Act’s (ATA) Section 7.

The hearing today included appeals by the counsel of the self-confessed killer to reduce Qadri’s penalty as well as reject the government’s plea to include the Anti-Terrorism Act in Taseer’s murder case.

Qadri’s counsel Mian Naseer said that a trial court ruled a Rs100,000 fine and a double death penalty for his client.

The court noted that the contention of AG Islamabad also requires consideration therefore leave to appeal was granted. The office is directed to club both the appeals and fix the case in October.