Mumtaz qadri was given the death sentence for the murder of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. Now he has filed an appeal against his death sentence given to him by an Anti Terrorism Court in Rawalpindi on October 1.
Khawaja Muhammad Sharif who is a former chief justice of Lahore high court shall now defend the case of Mumtaz Qadri. Justice Sharif submitted his power of attorney on behalf of Qadri in the court and will appear before the bench. The divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court, comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan will hold the proceedings
Qadri, a constable of Elite Police Force, confessed to murdering the governor at every forum — from the district magistrate to the trial court.
He tried to justify his act by saying that he had killed Taseer for supporting blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi, who was Christian by faith and whom Taseer had believed had been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy
Mumtaz Qadri’s case is a controversial issue. Lots of protest is conducting around the country to defend him and against the verdict. Additionally, ATC Judge Pervaiz Ali Shah who passed Qadri was transferred to Lahore on Friday amid protest from religious groups.
Shah was also transferred to Child Protection Court Bureau in Lahore, merely a month after he was posted to Rawalpindi due to security risks.
The judge had been unable to perform his duty due to the hostility of a certain group of lawyers and other religious groups who had been asking the authorities to hand Shah over to them.