Salmaan Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri executed

Published: February 29, 2016
Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer convicted of killing former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, was executed at the Adiala Jail early Monday morning.

Qadri, a former police commando, assassinated Taseer in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011 for his support to a blasphemy accused. An Anti-Terrorism Court convicted and condemned him to death – a ruling also upheld by the Islamabad High Court and Supreme Court.

Security upped for president ahead of Mumtaz Qadri’s mercy plea decision

A review petition of Qadri was also turned down by the top court on December 14 last year, leaving him with the last option of to file a clemency appeal to the president.

Religious parties had threatened nationwide protests if Qadri is hanged. In view of a possible backlash, the president’s family has been moved from Karachi to the Presidency in Islamabad, sources told The Express Tribune.

Day after historic SC ruling, #IamMumtazQadri trends in Pakistan

Reports of Qadri’s execution started pouring in earlier today as his supporters started a Twitter trend to call for protests against the expected hanging.

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Reader Comments (76)

  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:38AM

    Now I can firmly state that Military leadership means business. No more extremism, no more murders in the name of Islam. Enough is enough. This will be your fate if you do it. So called Islamic clergy are practically warned. I am not happy with his death, but I am happy that justice is served. Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:44AM

    good riddance !Recommend

  • wb
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:47AM

    Pakistan has (had) one Qadri who was garlanded by the lawyers.

    India has hundreds of Qadris in the garb of lawyers (in Delhi).

    Congrats to Pakistan for eliminating one Qadri.

    Now, when will India eliminate its 100s of Qadris?Recommend

  • London banker
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:48AM

    Verily with hardship there is ease – To Taseer and family. Rest in peace Governor. Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:57AM

    Good riddance. The state of Pakistan is finally showing that it actually has the muscle to act maturely and responsibly.Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:00AM

    I hope justice is done to other hundreds of blasphemy related cases were the victim is not a Salman Taseer..Recommend

  • bechari-awam
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:01AM

    Great news, congrats to all Pakistanis Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:08AM

    Salute to our brave soldiers and General Raheel who made it possible. Coward politicians did not have this courage.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:29AM

    Qadri got what he wanted ! ….or did he ?Recommend

  • jg
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:37AM

    Salute to nawaz govt as well as judiciary for sticking to the decision despite being under pressureRecommend

  • buba
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:49AM


    Salute to our brave soldiers and
    General Raheel who made it possible.
    Coward politicians did not have this

    Sounds great – except that the military didn’t have anything to do with his capture, prosecution, appeal or execution. How about explaining why we should give kudos to the military?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:49AM

    His supporters left him alone. Amazing. Message to all would be killers; don’t do it, no one will save you from punishment.Recommend

  • Ardi
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:51AM

    Let’s hope for peace. Recommend

  • Mumtaz
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:51AM

    The headline should have been:
    “Salman Taseer’s murderer executed at Adiala Jail”Recommend

  • Lashari Abbas
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:53AM

    Anyway, the justice prevailed and the killer of Salman Taseer hanged to death. Thanks Raheel Shareef.Recommend

  • Saad Q
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:53AM

    First instance of justice being served in Pakistan in a long time.Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:55AM

    I like the way this government is proceeding. In a country like pakistan it would have been impossible to do such a thing as backlash can be expected. Recommend

  • Saad Q
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:55AM

    @wb: What about Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed etc etc? Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:01AM

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis. Government must make sure that condemned person’s dead body is not used by extremists. Every protest should be dealt with an iron hand. Recommend

  • Zareen
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:10AM

    Good riddance! Justice delayed but not denied. Enough is enough! Get rid of all such people. Abolish this law! This should have been done long ago. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:17AM

    Fanatics deserve death.Live and Let Live others.Nobody has the right to dictate terms to others .For that there is law and judiciary.
    This should be a lesson to medieval fanatical clergy.Recommend

  • Feb 29, 2016 - 8:20AM

    Justice has been served. Shooting Salamn Taseer in the back and killing him on the spot is nothing but pre-meditated, cold blooded murder. Please tell me which religion permits this act? Salams Recommend

  • Amer
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:27AM

    Wow ! What a news ! Thank you Raheel Sharif… justice has won today. Recommend

  • Billy
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:32AM

    Win for Pakistanis. Been following all the developments since 2011. Much relieved today. Pakistan Zinda-bad! Recommend

  • Nadir
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:48AM

    Well done Rahil Sharif! Surely a big milestone in the history of Pakistan. This execution has made it loud and clear that our homeland would no more be governed by fanatics. Good luck Pakistan.Recommend

  • TooTrue
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:52AM

    Justice at last. I hope this will bring some closure to the governor’s family.Recommend

  • Raju
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:58AM

    Excellent news to start of the day. Pakistan wins today. Recommend

  • Saad V
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:01AM

    Alhumdulillah !

    This should have been done long ago, better late then never.Recommend

  • Junglee
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:11AM

    Thought one would salute the judges as well, but okay.Recommend

  • Mudassir
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:37AM

    Second good news of the day.
    1. Pakistan’s 2nd Oscar
    2. This one.Recommend

  • Jeff
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:47AM

    Just out of Curiosity. How come so many comment congratulating Raheel Shareef? What was his role in this? Recommend

  • Azfar
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:06AM

    Great News Yahooo But i dont get why is this associated with General Raheel Sharif for havens sake life out of your delusional world and for once give credit to the sitting gov.

    This hanging has nothing to do with army it was a judicial action supported by the will of the state.Recommend

  • Sadia
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:34AM

    Some of my countrymen are applauding military for this decision which is seriously perplexing. I know army plays a part in our national politics but the real credit goes to Nawaz Govt. and judiciary. Army had no hand in it. So I applaud Nawaz and judiciary for taking this decision. Recommend

  • Habib
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:47AM

    And they chose Feb 29 for hanging. Another great decision. They saved us from his “Urs” every year. Pakistan is changing.. RIP Salman Taseer Shaheed. Recommend

  • Umar Jamil
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:57AM

    So sad on justiceRecommend

  • Muhammad ayaz
    Feb 29, 2016 - 11:12AM

    Excellent decision by SC,no allows individual,to take action as they thought.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Feb 29, 2016 - 11:16AM

    Well done Nawaz Sharif! First Malik Ishaq & Co and now Qadri. PMLN gov means business. Justice has been served.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 29, 2016 - 11:41AM

    Congrats ! Better late than never.Recommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Feb 29, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Good news. I personally supporting Qadri at the time of his act… But with the passage of time, I got matured and understood Islam a bit more than previously so now a support this news. Well this is truly an act of judiciary of civil government and I praise the government for that. Infact Army has nothing to do with it, secondly if Mr Raheel Shareef is applauded, don’t remember that the same government have appointed him, so again choosing such a great man is adding praise to Mr Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 29, 2016 - 12:25PM

    Justice has been done…..and more importantly seen to have being done……excellent.Recommend

  • dk
    Feb 29, 2016 - 12:56PM

    Dude why you are bothering about India. Our law will do their work. Please put you house in order first before bpthering about others. I think you guys are under trauma or obssesed by India so much that for every thing you will point fingers at India.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 29, 2016 - 12:57PM

    @Imran Ahsan Mirza:

    Let me try again to condemn the act of the Government of taking away the life of a human Though d in a land whose people claim to be the believers!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • dk
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:02PM

    Dude why you are bothering about India. Our law will do their work. Please put you house in order first before bothering about others. I think you guys are under trauma or obssesed by India so much that for every thing you will point fingers at India.Recommend

  • nouman
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:12PM

    Sir had it been only politicians and judiciary it could not have happened. The political parties and judiciary can not sustain the pressure (like raymond davis case).
    this is only because of Military and their support that it has happened today.


  • Faisalabadi
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:35PM

    So sad,may ALLAH bless his soul in restRecommend

  • singh
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:45PM

    This is called justice. No one has the right to kill in the name of religion.Recommend

  • BrainMasala
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:55PM

    The only problem is the public who doesn’t how to use internet and trust me they all are really angry about it … Root cause, basic education is missing to make ourselves aware of right and wrong… you simply can’t take someones life if has different opinion or it doesn’t make you a GOD to decide if he is wrong or right… Justice has been served well.Recommend

  • Aahad Khan
    Feb 29, 2016 - 1:57PM

    Justice served…..what needed to be done long ago, has finally happend…Congrats to Police,Judiciary and President Mamnoon Hussein and the people of Pakistan..Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 29, 2016 - 2:15PM

    A ray of hope for Pakistanis that the days of extremism may be at an end.Recommend

  • shehroz
    Feb 29, 2016 - 2:15PM

    He did what he thought is good. Why many other cold blooded murderers and tertorists are set free by courts.Recommend

  • OSD
    Feb 29, 2016 - 2:53PM

    This is just great news. I never thought this would go through, but it has and I believe Pakistan has truly turned a corner today. We must give credit where it’s due and this is all for the PMLN and civilian agencies. Standing ovation for Nawaz Shareef!Recommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Feb 29, 2016 - 2:57PM

    Salman Taseer was a senior leader of PPPP but he got the due justice during the reign of PML-N government. Looks like politics is becoming more and more mature in Pakistan. A very warm salute to Mr Nawaz Shareef …. Long live sirRecommend

  • Rizwan
    Feb 29, 2016 - 3:05PM

    If citizen A believes that citizen B is wajib-ul-qatl he cannot just pick up a weapon and kill him. Only the state can take a life after due process of justice. This is the message which should go out today. Recommend

  • saifee
    Feb 29, 2016 - 3:09PM

    No one should b above law … money launders in crores should also be hangedRecommend

  • Feb 29, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Two wrong don’t make One right. But judiciary and authority has no other option because late Qadri made a huge mistake by becoming judge jury and punisher with his emotion to carry out this attack. If Qadri thought he is right and late Salman Taseer is wrong he could have gone to police or court against Late Salman Taseer for breaching the existing blasphemy law. Recommend

  • Talha Sher Chishti
    Feb 29, 2016 - 4:22PM

    I am extremely shocked to hear this sad news.

    I strongly condemn his brutal killing.

    May his soul rest in peace. Aameen.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 29, 2016 - 5:04PM

    @buba: Trust me, if Army lead by General Raheel had not changed situation at ground, coward politicians and judiciary had not moved an inch. Don’t forget that retired Chief Justice of LHC was first to represent Qadri. Every Mullah of the country refused to lead Namaz-e-Janaza of Salman Taseer. PPP cowards were not willing to say any word in favor of Taseer. Thanks to our brave army and it’s great leader, things are completely changed.Recommend

  • buba
    Feb 29, 2016 - 8:53PM

    @nouman: @buba: Sir had it been only politicians and judiciary it could not have happened. The political parties and judiciary can not sustain the pressure (like raymond davis case).
    this is only because of Military and their support that it has happened today.

    Military never spoke up or involved itself in this or any blasphemy case – as such they don’t deserve any credit for this guys execution. As for the Raymond Davis case – it was the military ISI personnel who were shot and it was the military who figured out a backdoor to keep Raymond Davis from testifying in open court about who he shot and why. Recommend

  • Saad
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:00PM

    @Talha Sher Chishti:
    Cold blooded murder deserves nothing less.Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:02PM

    Great… No one above from law…..Recommend

  • np
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:11PM

    @Lashari Abbas: Why thank Raheel Shareef? HE wasnot prosecuted in a military court. He faced trial in a civilian court, was senrtenced in a civilian court and denied pardon by a civilian President.

    @wb- There are hundreds of Qadris in India? Really, he ust be hundreds of politicans killed in the name of religion in India – right? Pleasename afew?Recommend

  • Rawalpindi Kid
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:55PM

    @Rex Minor:
    As usual you are confused between right and wrong. A policeman whose job for which he was getting paid was to protect Salman Taseer. No law, including Islamic law, allows an individual to act as judge, jury, and executioner. Qadri was not a human, he was beneath humanity. He met his rightful end, although late. Now go cry over his grave.Recommend

  • alizain
    Feb 29, 2016 - 11:12PM

    Shahrukh Jatoi is a murderer too, he is still alive because he is son of a powerful politicianRecommend

  • MSH
    Feb 29, 2016 - 11:48PM

    Salute to Judges for the. just and honest decision ,at the same time surprised at two High Court Judges for protecting this murderer.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Mar 1, 2016 - 12:12AM

    Would note that “recommend” button is suddenly disabled across all of ETs articles comment sections!
    Wonder if that is just a coincidence???Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 1, 2016 - 12:36AM

    @ Faisalabadi

    Allah doesnt let the uncivilized and savage criminals rest in peace. The same goes for his followers. Recommend

  • Asif
    Mar 1, 2016 - 1:02AM

    Why are these Mullahs protesting ?… According to their view he has gone to heaven among the angels and what not. Why this fellow was fighting tooth and nail to stop his own execution? Kia Iman kamzoor hRecommend

  • Asmat
    Mar 1, 2016 - 1:22AM

    What about Raymond Davis? He also killed innocent Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Vakil
    Mar 1, 2016 - 1:26AM

    I know the general trend of the ‘Commenters’ here (and I actually **agree** with them) … ***but***, I would still add that many people (both in India and Pakistan, and indeed elsewhere as well) would say that a ‘Rightly guided Muslim’ (as per their relevant interpretations of the scriptures) has been silenced forever! Beware of such people dear Pakistan — indeed one might even see yet another ‘Lawyers Revolution’ — only this time not against a Dictatorship of some Musharaff-or-the-other… but those who believe in showering flowers (eulogizing) on ‘Punishers of Blasphemy’ :-)Recommend

  • Aviator
    Mar 1, 2016 - 4:56AM

    Thank God. I never thought this day would come!Recommend

  • THE
    Mar 1, 2016 - 8:38AM

    @Talha Sher Chishti: May ALLAH give you and others HIDAYAT ! and open your minds to the reality. Ameen.Recommend

  • Jude Allen
    Mar 1, 2016 - 5:07PM

    After a long time in history I can actually say that I am PROUD of Pakistan’s decision – I never quite thought I’d see this day happen but it has. That gives us all Hope; Hope to motivate ourselves (and others) to keep pushing ourselves against the odds – Thank you, GOP and Pakistan Army for your coordinated efforts – Your citizens stand proud with you :) Recommend

  • Asif Janjua
    Mar 1, 2016 - 8:03PM

    May his soul rest in peace. Weldone Mumtaz Qadri.Recommend

  • Humza
    Mar 2, 2016 - 10:30PM

    @Rex Minor: There is something called rule of law and no one can take the law into his own hands. You can see the mindset of Muslims in Arab countries, Afghanistan and Somalia when they follow their own impulses and opinions without regard to law. The result is anarchy. No one wants Pakistan to be another Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya or Yemen. For that matter look at all the Muslim refugees who have been smuggling themselves into Europe only to commit crimes such as robberies, rapes and fraud. They need to understand the rule of law too. When Muslim civilians understand that the law, constitution and similar social standards are there for all to follow, their societies can develop. Otherwise we will continue to see the law of the jungle whether it is Mumtaz Qadri or refugees in Duesseldorf raping women.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2016 - 11:49PM

    The day mumtaz qarni was executed was a terrible loss to justice in the world, the world is slowly plunging itself into darkness.Recommend

  • Shani
    Mar 5, 2016 - 9:23AM

    Why? Mumtaq qadri appeals for life again n again if he knows he is on right side.Recommend

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