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Mumtaz Qadri urges President of Pakistan to pardon his capital punishment


Mumtaz Qadri

Mumtaz Qadri, who had gunned down Salman Taseer has beseeched President of Pakistan to pardon his capital punishment.

According to details, Mumtaz Qadri has beseeched President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain to pardon his capital sentence. Previously, the Apex court has rejected Mumtaz Qadri’s petition to review death sentence awarded to him for murdering Salman Taseer.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan turned down Mumtaz Qadri’s plea to review the death sentence awarded to him for gunning down Mumtaz Qadri. A three-member bench of the Apex court, heard the petition case today, Monday, December 14.

The apex court bench was headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, sonorously maintained Mumtaz Qadri’s death sentence. In the 45 minutes long hearing, the defense counsel of Mumtaz Qadri, Mian Nazir Akhtar failed to indicate error in death sentence awarded to his client.

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Mumtaz Qadri had submitted a petition seeking Presidential pardon as his punishment can only be pardoned by the President. Moreover, Mumtaz Qadri’s defence counsel claims that the Federal Sharia Court will be moved in order to get pardon for Mumtaz Qadri.

Mumtaz Qadri was first awarded a death sentence by an Anti-terrorism court, (ATC) which was later on upheld by the Islamabad High Court. The defense counsel of Mumtaz Qadri challenged this ruling in the Apex court which has been rejected by the Apex court also.

Mumtaz Qadri who is a former commando of the Punjab Police’s Elite Force, was awarded capital punishment for murdering former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad’s Koshar Market on January 4, 2011. He shot 27 bullets straight at him. Later on, he admitted killing Salman Taseer because he publicly opposed the blasphemy law, called it a black law while calling for reforms to the notorious law.