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Supreme Court turns down Mumtaz Qadri’s plea against death sentence


Mumtaz Qadri

The Apex court has rejected Mumtaz Qadri’s petition to review death sentence awarded to him for murdering Salman Taseer.

According to details, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has 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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During the hearing, which continued for almost 45 minutes, former Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Mian Nazir Akhtar failed to point out any error in the court’s judgement, resulting in dismissal of the review petition over non-maintainability.

As a result of lack of substantial content to prove that the there was any error in the Islamabad High Court’s ruling of death sentence to Qadri; his plea to review this decision was resonantly turned down. In addition to this, Justice Khosa remarked that “it was not proved that Salman Taseer had committed blasphemy.”

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.