Taseer murder case: Qadri sentenced to death

Published: October 1, 2011
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Supporters of convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri chant slogans alongside hundreds of others who had gathered to protest against his sentence outside the jail he is being held in, October 1, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Supporters of convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri chant slogans alongside hundreds of others who had gathered to protest against his sentence outside the jail he is being held in, October 1, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Supporters of convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri chant slogans alongside hundreds of others who had gathered to protest against his sentence outside the jail he is being held in, October 1, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS Supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, shout slogans as they stop the progress of a police vehicle during a protest after the court announced the death sentence for Qadri, outside Adiyala Prison in Rawalpindi on October 1, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Qadri, one of Taseer’s elite force guards, shot and killed the governor for his views on the blasphemy law outside a restaurant in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed murderer of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, has been sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court today (Saturday).

Qadri, one of Taseer’s elite force guards, shot and killed the governor for his views on the blasphemy law outside a restaurant in Islamabad.

During the incamera hearing of the murder case, the anti-terrorism court (ATC) said that it was a heinous crime and there is no justification to it; however, no date has been given for the execution of the sentence. The court also fined Qadri of Rs200,000 along with the death sentence.

Justice Syed Pervez Ali Shah, an ATC judge, while taking up the case at the Adiala Jail, noted down the statement of Qadri. In this statement, Qadri admitted before the judge that nobody intimidated him to murder the former governor.

Raja Shujahur Rehman, Qadri’s lawyer, told the media outside Adiala Jail that his client had also submitted a written statement of 40 pages, referring to 11 Quranic verses, 28 quotes from Sunnah and several other eminent Muslim jurists with reference to Islamic jurisprudence.

The defence lawyer stated that the prosecution raised no objection over the statement of Qadri, therefore the court validly admitted this statement and made it a part of the court record.

Experts say that Qadri has to appeal within seven days against the verdict.

Tears of anger

Qadri’s supporters took to the streets to denounce the sentence soon after it was handed down.

“By punishing one Mumtaz Qadri, you will produce a thousand Mumtaz Qadris!” one man shouted through a megaphone outside the jail.

Several hundred supporters of Qadri blocked a road outside the jail and chanted slogans. Some recited verses from the Quran while members of the Sunni Tehreek group waved their party’s green and yellow flags.

A Qadri supporter, wiping tears from his face, said: “We don’t accept this. We don’t accept this.”

Police were deployed at the jail gate to prevent any break-in. After Qadri was sentenced, the judge left through the back door.

In Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh area, where former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, about 1,000 angry Qadri supporters blocked a main road with burning tyres.

Shouting slogans against the government and the judge who sentenced Qadri, they forced shops to shut down.

Stick-wielding protesters attacked passing vehicles.

“This decision was made to please the Jewish lobby,” said Sahibzada Ata-ur-Rehman, a leader of the Sunni Tehreek.

Qadri, a constable in the Punjab Police and a member of its Elite Force, tried to justify his murder of the governor by stating that he had killed him for supporting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman whom Taseer had believed had been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy.

According to Qadri’s statement, he had approached the governor on the evening of January 4 and tried to talk to him about Taseer’s very public support for Aasia Bibi and his advocacy of reform – not repeal – of the blasphemy laws.

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Reader Comments (238)

  • ishaq
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:08AM

    Its not Enough Qadri should be hanged 100 times.

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  • Jehangir
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Similar faces were found in the photo of yesterdays protest against US.
    Tribune has to post decent photos as these photos give a very bad impression of Pakistan in the International forums.Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:15AM

    Brave decision by the ATC! Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:16AM

    ishaq

    People like you can not be happy what ever happened!

    Good decision from the court.

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  • Junaid Kamal
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Qadri (The killer) was not authorised to decide the fate of a person. There are courts in Pakistan to make such judgements. He should be hanged till death.

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  • Malik
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:18AM

    No more extremist on the name of Islam…..Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:18AM

    aftermaths could be terrible

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  • daggardalla
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Late but right decision by the court. Court should also gave order to hang those mullahs whose speeches inspired him to kill the Governer. It was an act of “Fasaad Fil Arz”

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  • Bilal
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:19AM

    finally, justice is done! hang the murderous beast already.

    RIP Taseer sahib. your valiant struggle will not be forgotten.

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:20AM

    Qadri Should be hanged in Public .

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  • Ali Zaidi
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:22AM

    Justice has been Served. Long live Salmaan Taseer.

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  • DODO
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:26AM

    what a quick decision. i hope poor guys could get the justice so quick.

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  • alam
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:26AM

    He should have been hanged at the same day!!! good decision!! he should be hanged in public!!!Recommend

  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @Malik:

    I affraid it would generate more “Extreemists” in the name of Islam.

    Do we know we have more extremists in the name of secularism and liberalism?

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  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @Ali Zaidi:
    he is already in hell. How can he be long lived? Make sense please.

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  • informant
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Justice. Finally.

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  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:29AM

    @Rizwan:

    you are forgetting that Public actually greeted him. If it happens in public , public will not let it happen.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Taseer was killed for supporting Asia Bibi. I presume he believe he was doing the right thing. Qadri, an Elite Force Constable killed him because he believed he deserved to be killed. Its the human beings who are killed and sentenced to be hanged. Nobody’s death can be celebrated. Its all sad. Though, I’d say Qadri must be punished for rule of Law.Recommend

  • Malik
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:29AM

    why not data has been decided????????

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  • Shavi
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Very good decision- Long live justice!

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  • MAD
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Our president has refused to allow any death sentence since he took over. Recommend

  • ejaz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:34AM

    it is good news, justice done.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:35AM

    The “independent” courts should not entertain his appeal let alone have a long drawn out trial. Qadri should not be allowed to use media at all.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Mumtaz Qadri was certainly wrong in going to the extent of killing Salman Taseer. But Salman Taseer was also wrong to some extent. The authority people need to be sensitive towards the most cherished emotions of the masses. If anyone speaks a word against the Holy Prophet (PBUH), I personally feel deeply offended although it is not my own religion. It is the noblest human quality to respect people’s faith and emotions. I feel deeply offended and hurt by saffron extremists and BJP miscreants in my own country who often use bad words and unparliamentary language against Islam and Muslims. We need to understand that Islam is one of the best and most peaceful religions on earth. Let’s build bridges and not spread animosity. Although Qadri was wrong in his actions, I personally believe he just got swayed emotionally out of his love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and he is not a bad person at heart. He deserves our mercy, not hatred.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Justice has been done???
    people wait nine months to hear decision… WHYRecommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:42AM

    very unfortunate to celebrate a death sentence, but this fanatic needs to go, the thing is all his company should get the same sentence, including the preacher who inspired him. If not, he will continue with even more rhetoric after this beast finds himself under a ton of mud.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:44AM

    What do you know; Pakistani state is not totally dead.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:45AM

    I think the timing of the decision has not be thought over.

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  • Salman Nisar
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:46AM

    but What about Salman Taseer’s Kidnapped Son… he is still missing :/

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:46AM

    Thank you Court for making the right and just decision. Bravo!

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  • Abdul Rehman Gilani
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:47AM

    Liberal fascists and their supporters should be hanged in public as well.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:48AM

    Also, we should uproot the cause too which instigated this man to take this heinous action. These sources are the root cause and unless we cut those roots we would keep seeing the branches in the form of these men.Recommend

  • Observer
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:51AM

    @NSK:
    “aftermaths could be terrible”

    I am concerned about the safety of the judge (and his family) who gave this judgment. I hope he will be safe. I am sure the Islamist fanatics will seek revenge.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Now lets pray for the safety of that judge..

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 10:57AM

    @Abdul Rehman Gilani:
    Mister, please define the “liberal fascist” or your definition follows that of the mullahs, to whom any sane voice is “liberal fascist”?

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 11:00AM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    Salman didn’t offend anybody and nor did he used offensive words, he just asked for repelling a law that was put in place by a dictator and has caused a suffocating environment not just for non-muslims but muslims of this country, equally.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:01AM

    @Diggvijay Singh:

    The authority people need to be
    sensitive towards the most cherished
    emotions of the masses.

    Really? How about the cherish emotions of Indian public when they massacred Sikhs after Indira Ghandi’s murder? How about Godhra and Gojra riots? I would think it’s the fair law of the land that we need to follow. If we leave it to the masses then everyone would be dead…eventually…barring the last person.

    Murderer Qadri did not do any favour to religion and neither did bring any respect to it.

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  • MADMAX
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:01AM

    his client had also submitted a written statement of 40 pages, referring to 11 Quranic verses, 28 quotes from Sunnah and several other eminent Muslim jurists with reference to Islamic jurisprudence

    So how do we understand the 11 Quaranic verses and 28 quotes from Sunnah? Are they wrong? Do we reject them? Turn a blind eye?

    Any answers?

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  • Raza
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:02AM

    @Adnan: Wow, can you actually tell whether a person will go to hell? That’s some prescience. Recommend

  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:03AM

    @Nouman Younas:

    Justice has been done??? people wait
    nine months to hear decision… WHY

    Because he confessed from day one; otherwise we would not have seen the decision in ten years.

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  • rashid
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:09AM

    MashAllah qadir sihb you are the worrier and also who will support salman tasses like people he will died like this and wake up Muslim its high time …… No compromises on khustakhi rasool Law … All musilm who support that qadir sahib is killer they consider there religious believing mathoid what are they believing “Raja Shujahur Rehman, Qadri’s lawyer, told the media outside Adiala Jail that his client had also submitted a written statement of 40 pages, referring to 11 Quranic verses, 28 quotes from Sunnah and several other eminent Muslim jurists with reference to Islamic jurisprudence.”

    please musilm wakeup …

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  • uH
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:09AM

    finally sanity prevails in this land!

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  • Fazal Khan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Justice has been done and I am happy to know that the court has done the right decision. People like Qadri should be hanged Thousand times. Recommend

  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:15AM

    @Saad A: But Salman Taseer was in a responsible post and he certainly made some unwarranted and irresponsible remarks on a sensitive issue. I am saying he was slightly wrong if not guilty of insulting the Holy Prophet (PBUH). As a man from the government, he needed to show more maturity and statesmanship.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 11:15AM

    @MADMAX:
    Just like for centuries has always used quranic verses for their own benefit as of their own will and has always found a definition that suits them.Recommend

  • Aafaaq Ali Khan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:15AM

    God knows what salman intended but he choosed wrong words at wrong time. To be honest he was habitual in doing so therefore paid the price. Its a message to everyone who tries to be outspoken.Recommend

  • mik
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:15AM

    The religious extremists vs liberal extremists

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  • Pakistani Mentality
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:16AM

    @Adnan:
    How do you know that the Governor is in hell. Do you claim to be a divine entity that decides who goes to hell or heaven or are you somehow special and in direct contact with Allah.

    Please know your limits and have some respect for the dead. Isn’t that what Islam teaches you; paying condolences even for the death of an enemy. Recommend

  • Hashim
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Publicly behead him, set an example of him for people taking the law into their own hands.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Finally

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:18AM

    @Jameel:

    I fully agree with you friend that killing is wrong and I acknowledge that Qadri overstepped the line. He committed a crime but we have to be sensitive to understand the flow of emotions. I personally think Qadri was a pious and honorable man at heart and devoted to the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

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  • Arafat Mazhar
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:21AM

    @madmax and @rashid: you, like most of the pakistani population, have been misled and lied to by political elements in religous clerics. go and ask any deoband mufti about the law and they will tell you its wrong. most importantly they will tell you aasia bibi must be forgiven if she asks for repentance. and even if she doesn’t ask for repentance – her punishment isn’t capital punishment as hudd. this is the hanafi position for 1200 years. for reference see Imam Abu Yusuf ‘Kitab ul Kharaj’, Imam Abu Tahawi ‘Sharah-e-Tahawi’, Imam Ibn Abidin ‘Radd ul Mukhtar’ and ‘Rasael Ibn Abidin’.
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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:24AM

    @DIGVIJAY SINGH,

    Stop your cherade man. You can only fool Pakistanis (they are fooled by everyone easily – China, USA, Saudi) that you are an Indian.

    Any Indian will put you in your place within no time.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Hang him before he disappears in mysterious circumstances from the jail. Set an example that there should be no murder in the name of religion or certain beliefs.

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  • Zalim Singh
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Good. I want to see his ugly smile dissapear and see a scream of fear instead

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  • amjid
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Although Qadri murdered Taseer, but we need to think about , why it happened. Qadri broke law and so did by Taseer. Once decision was given by court about Christian woman, Taseer should not make public comments. if he has any concerns about decisions , he should file petition.

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  • Ghalib Khalil
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:35AM

    Hence Justice Prevails. Its Destined.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:37AM

    @narayana murthy:

    I am humanist and an Indian. Not all Indians need to be the same. I detest saffron terrorism and I don’t mince my words about it. Please understand that we are discussing a serious and sensitive topic and I am only requesting people to refrain from making extremist statements which can hurt sentiments.

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  • Kamran Rajput
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:41AM

    We hope that our judiciary is now taking right decision in future also.

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  • Majid Ali
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:41AM

    This decision is the first step in eliminating extremism from Pakistan.

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  • Happy to hear the news!
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Qadri should be hanged publicly!

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  • Kamran Rajput
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:42AM

    I salute the right decision in Qadri matter
    kamran

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  • Feroz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:44AM

    This is the minimum sentence to be expected when a security guard murders the one he is supposed and paid to protect. Hope he does not get five star treatment in jail like many others.

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  • wahab
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:47AM

    He has 15 days time.. Hang him on the 16th day.. I am sure President of Pakistan would have no mercy for the murderer of his close friend.

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  • Chaui Sb
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:47AM

    @adnan
    i m shocked to read your comments that Salman Taseer is in hell. how can you say thish with surity that he is in hell?
    but i will pray that killers like Qadri who killed Salman Taseer from behind should go to hell. he was supposed to protect him but he did otherwise.

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  • Syed Umair Ali
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Ramon Davis ! out he goes killing Pakistani Citizens in public and certainly an agent to some US intelligence. JUSTICE ?

    Well-done to our Jury this time. What a quick verdict on this sensitive issue.

    Salman Taseer ( we all know the background and the family ), should not have had at first place defended anyone as he himself had near to zero comprehension of the religion. But he did make some controversial statements, maybe as politicians are used to utter gibberish on all matters whatsoever it be.

    However, a man from a poor family sees immediate justice to his presumably wrong act. Qadri is a no suicide bomber who just explode and kill many non-targets. Qadri instead killed his target on the face and stood alive right there and handed himself to the police. His fate decided !

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Finally. A ray of hope shines through..

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  • mia
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:58AM

    ..what about Qadri’s ‘betrayal of trust’ also being a heinous crime??

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  • Asadullah Agha
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:06PM

    He never sought mercy and from day one conceded that he killed taseer in the name of Allah (SWT) and Mohammed (SAWW). The Allah will decide who will go to Jannah but it is true that only one of them will make there. I personally pray for the Qadri!

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  • Omar Qadri
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:09PM

    The Islamic Laws are written in the Quran and they are very clear. There is no concept of death for blasphemy and no other people or books may supersede the Quran. There is no confusion in Islam…. Oh, and my name is Qadri as well and I’m no fanatic.Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Nice and very good criminal should punish accordingly and Qadri supporters should accept the reality that Pakistan is Secular State not junooni….

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Shouldn’t he be stoned to death.

    Surely thats a better and more sawab-able form of death befitting a muslim of his stature.

    what about namoos-e-insaniat???Recommend

  • khalis
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:15PM

    how come soldier of god can be hanged. giving shahadat is the worst thing in such case. he should be jailed for life but after killing him/ hanging him, atc just created an idol for deluded radicals

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  • xOYA
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:17PM

    hang him in public till death

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  • xOYA
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Let Justice be Done .Ameen

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  • Dare to speak
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Diggvijay Singh
    I doubt your credibility. How insane of you to even support a fraction for Qadri.She wasnt a Muslims which means Shariah laws are not applicable on her . Even if she said shouldnt be executed. Those shariah laws should only be applicable to Muslims.
    Just reverse this situation in some other Non muslim country. For instance if a Muslim is been executed in India for the disgrace of Bagvat geeti. Then how would Muslims will felt.
    Have ever the Holy Prophet(SAW) said , the person should be killed for Blasphemy.
    These kinds of fanatics within Muslim community are menace for the Real essence of Islam.
    Islam means peace . Do not Hurt Islam by talking lives in the Name of Islam

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  • Riaz Ali Toori
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:25PM

    May the Death Sentence to Killer Qadri prove a pace toward the complete death of the mind-set that has harassed whole Pakistani Nation and has destroyed our soft peaceful image around the globe.

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  • Asadullah Agha
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:25PM

    @ Omar Qadri

    There is no point in debating about which book precede (Quran or Sunnah). It is your thinking or let me say Ghamidi’s thinking that Quran doesn’t prescribe any capital punishment for blasphemy. So be clear when you say something about Quran and Sunnah!

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  • Henna Javed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:27PM

    First of all I want to say RIP Salmaan Taseer and that I hate Qadri and his stupid supporters.
    BUT I do not support death sentence nor this nonsense about “hanging him publicly, naked,” etc, etc. He does not deserve respect but we don’t have any right to humiliate him. He should receive life sentence in jail. If he’s put to death, just watch what his supporters and others like him will do next!

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  • Muhib-e-Watan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Don’t kill him. He will become a Shaheed. He should be imprisoned, qaid bamushaqqat, for 200 years. His grave should be unmarked

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:34PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:

    You need to read this before you support any actions in the name of blasphemy;

    PAKISTAN: Teachers are taking over the responsibilities of the mullahs and turning educational institutions into seminaries

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:38PM

    @amjid:

    Qadri broke law and so did by Taseer.
    Once decision was given by court about
    Christian woman, Taseer should not
    make public comments. if he has any
    concerns about decisions , he should
    file petition.

    Taseer did not break ANY law. Anyone is allowed to criticise a court decision, everyone is doing it all the time including decisions of Supreme Court. Understand law before accusing anyone of breaking it.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:40PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:

    But Salman Taseer was in a responsible
    post and he certainly made some
    unwarranted and irresponsible remarks
    on a sensitive issue

    What unwarranted and irresponsible remarks Salman Taseer made you think which none of us Pakistanis are aware of?

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:41PM

    @Aafaaq Ali Khan:

    God knows what salman intended but he
    choosed wrong words at wrong time. To
    be honest he was habitual in doing so
    therefore paid the price. Its a
    message to everyone who tries to be
    outspoken.

    What wrong words he used, enlighten us.

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  • Asim
    Oct 1, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Got what he deserved. Really looking forward to see TV tonight, going 2 be quite a debate. All hell is gona break loose! Watch out for relgious discussion on the verdict

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 12:56PM

    @Diggvijay Singh: Are u not satisfied with the confusion you are creating in India that you have now started playing your game in Pakistan.They have enough problems without you pl leave them alone.

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  • Dee Cee
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @Diggvijay Singh: I think you are deliberately confusing between legislation process and ad hoc vigilante justice. Qadri was not “a little” swayed, he “killed a person”, instead of appealing to a court of justice, Islamic or secular. That way I can kill you if I think you have said anything wrong about my religion. And Salman Taseer did not “speak against” any religion. You are spreading misinformation deliberately. He wanted the country to discuss and evaluate a law, which is what politicians are supposed to do.

    @liberal fascist haters: I will pay 100000000 bucks to anybody who can show an example of “liberal extremists” doing the same thing that Qadri, TTP, Haqqanis, Al Qaeda, LeJ, and LeT do. You know in your heart that liberals don’t kill. That’s where they are different from “religious extremists”. And remember what happens to people who deliberately say untrue things?

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  • mustafa
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:10PM

    @ Diggvijay singh

    agreed

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  • syra
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:15PM

    Guys Guys Guys , forget where the governed is , be it heaven or hell …
    Its his son one should be concerned , he is very much alive and neither made any controversial statement either …
    .Leave the topic of liberal fascism or extremism and deal the issue of the time , before it becomes a passe’ too

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  • Ben
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:17PM

    The law seems to have prevailed. Punjab’s slain governor Salman Taseer had refused to accept that Pakistani society is no more a society of rational people; it is a jungle where you have to accept the command of those capable of killing. You must bow down to them or get perished. Period. The world was in shock at the gory incident but it fails to understand the fact that the act was being glorified by those elements who claim to profess a religion of peace. This was the most disgusting thing, more than the murder itself. And look at the attitude of the lawyers, the so-called custodians of “rule of law” who kissed and garlanded the accused when he was brought to the court. These are all very disturbing signs. Even Islam would not condone this attitude of showing disrespect to the due process of law.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:18PM

    @Jameel:

    What unwarranted and irresponsible remarks Salman Taseer made you think which none of us Pakistanis are aware of?

    He termed a highly revered law which offers legal protection to the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s honor and dignity as a “black law”. Indirectly, he condoned the reprehensible behavior of dirty minds who bring dishonor and abuse to the most important religious figure of Islam.

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  • Raza Virk
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Has anybody tried to research with whom Salman Taseer was on lunch after which he was killed. This independent media has also not shown and probed this issue.

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  • SK
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:25PM

    @Digvijay Singh: Thanks for your concern friend. Lets hope that more saner minds and voices of reason prevail in India, a country that is mostly full of emotional (rather than rational) minds. Most Indians on ET are usually the same old rebellious trolls. You could truly teach them some ethics.

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  • KolachiMom
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Every single person STILL defending this man, even after he has been sentenced by a court of law is not a true Pakistani. They still insist on retaining their warped ideas of ‘right and wrong’ and show little to no respect for the laws of this land. – They shame not only this nation, but also the religion they claim to be SO devoted to.

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  • Common citizen
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:45PM

    was it not a heinous crime to call Law of Islam a Kala Qanoon…….. Taseer Deserve bad than that….. Every Body has to die…. But some die for the right cause….

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  • Shahnawaz Khan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:51PM

    At last some one showed guts to give this verdict…Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 1, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Although it took too long but at last justice prevailed.
    Now comes the more important part where it must be visible to all that justice has actually been done. The appeals process must not drag and the judiciary must give a clear signal to restore their shaky image.

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  • Mohsin Sayeed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Great day in Pakistan’s sketchy judicial history. Justice has been served. I celebrate the rule of law and justice. We have hope. The verdict sends out a message to all those who support Qadri n the name of religion that crimes will not be tolerated in the name of Islam which clearly forbids murder. As for Blasphemy and love for the Prophet are concerned, even the Prophet wouldn’t tolerate it, we forget. And the biggest fact that Qadri supporters forget: Salman Taseer was NOT a blasphemer. He NEVER uttered a word of blasphmey. He PUBLICLY expressed his devotion to the Prophet. So all those who are implying/insinuating that Taseer committed blasphemy should keep quiet and stop spreading doubts and hatred.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:11PM

    SC did what Qadri wanted, SC’s decision now going to glorify Qadri as a HERO of nation. Sunni Tehrik, the Barelvi Jamat which Qadri belongs to already started protesting, chanting, Qadri Teri Azmat Ko Salat. This is the last thing which Taseers and liberals would ever want to witness. Bravo courts! you came in trap. The best thing you could do to avoid this glorification is to keep in jail till his natural death but alas, brain is seldom used.

    Childish liberals are happy without even knowing the consequences of it.

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  • Haris Mirza
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Revenge never repairs an injury, even when the wound is healed the scar remains.

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  • naved
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:17PM

    No one should be above the law. Even if Salman did some thing wrong, he should have had been punished by the law. If every one in our society will sway away in the ocean of emotions and kill each other in the name of Islam then what will be the difference between us and barbarians?

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  • Raza
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Had he been from some Lashkar or Sipah, he would not have met this fate even he had murdered more than 70 people like Malik Ishaq (Supreme Court + Rana Sanaullah’s child).

    Still I salute the court for a JUST decision. If Rasool Pak (saw) has said that even Fatima (ra) does theft, She (ra) will meet same fate as ordinary thief.

    I request other courts including Supreme Court to not to grant bail to terrorist for their vested interest, and must follow the example of this brave judge of Anti terrorist court.

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  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:22PM

    @Mirza:

    And then you guys curse Talibans to impose their views and silencing others. grin

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  • Saad
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:23PM

    A public execution would be better. But knowing our system, he’ll appeal and will be walking free in a year.Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 2:24PM

    finally, we got the good news. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:25PM

    @Raza:

    By reading rules and regulations of ANYTHING you can figure out the outcome, don’t you?

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  • Adnan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Incase if people don’t know or trying NOT to know:

    1-Mumtaz Qadri is not a deobandi or Taliban He belongs to Barelvi sect which is considered quite LIBERAL and MODERN. Qadri was an active member of Sunni Therik. The reason Qadri was in squad because of same image of Barelvis.

    2- Taseer’s late father M.D Taseer was quite opposite of Salman. He provided the “chaarpai” to the deadbody of the guy who killed a Hindu who convicted the act of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad(Saw). Jinnah fought the case to save the guy, Iqbal said the famous line:”Aur wo Tirkhan ka Beta Baazi Leygaya” and MD Taseer provided his chaar pai at the time of his funeral. Sigh. As they say,“Wali k Ghar Shaitan aur Shaitan k Ghar Wali”

    These are two points which I wanted to tell the “literate” commentators of this forum.

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  • Faiz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:32PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:

    You are Infinite percent right. A person on such a high and responsible post must show some maturity while briefing to media. As, Qadri has no right to kill a person, same is to Salman Taseer. Salman Taseer must showed some maturity and sensibility while to gave remarks on very very sensitive issue.

    Because, it is the duty of an intellectuals, scholars, both religious and secular to discuss and give some opinions on such a sensitive issue, not is the duty of a corrupt government leader.

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  • Mohsin Sayeed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:34PM

    @mik

    Since when demanding respect and rule of law become equivalent to extremism that you call those who do that ‘liberal extremists’? Condemning crime and demanding justice is extremism?

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Finally the justice is served.Qadri should be hanged without any further delays, no pardons or clemency appeal should be accepted.

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  • Straight Fire
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:37PM

    The Nation will soon start hearing news about ‘Shabaz Taseer’ being used as a prison for exchange …

    All taseer’s supporter, never underestimate your enemy, he is way to clever and way too crazy about winning the war and humiliating your burden on earth …

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  • Mohsin Sayeed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:38PM

    @Afaaq Ali Khan

    So you are suggesting that no one should ever raise vice against injustice, cruelty, lies, exploitation in the name of religion? So one should ever try speaking the Truth, seek it and demand it? You are suggesting something against the very core of our religion. Salman Taseer was NOT irresponsible. And there is no time or place for speaking the Truth.

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  • Mohsin Sayeed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:40PM

    @Rashid

    You are sounding like an extremely misguided person, misled by insane mullahs who use people like you for their own benefit and power. You wake up and smell the blood your mindset is causing.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:40PM

    Yes it is already been declared by God himself. No muslim can be called as kaffir and off-course no muslim can call blasphemy law as ‘black law’ …Recommend

  • GHULAM MUJTABA
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:45PM

    if salman taseer was really involved in blephmesy then this is in injustice to qadri…

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Where is Shahbaz Taseer? Will they be negotiating a Diyat payment in return of Shahbaz to have Qadri out and about?

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  • zuhaib
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:47PM

    nip the evil in the bud….justice served.
    RIP salman taseer

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:48PM

    @Adnan:

    I affraid it would generate more
    “Extreemists” in the name of Islam.

    Why is it so easy to become an extremist in the name of Islam? Does Islam not prohibit extremism?

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  • Chanakya
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:53PM

    @Salman Nisar:

    Now S Taseer’s son will be used as a barter item(instead of blood money) for the release of Qadri.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:55PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:

    A black law is a black law. How is that Salman Taseer’s fault? Should people get killed for telling the truth? If so then the society has really gone down the drain. Recommend

  • Balochistan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 2:56PM

    He should be cut into pieces to make it an example for these mullas. RIP Salmaan TaseerRecommend

  • Aisha
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:00PM

    So Qadri’s statement includes several Quranic verses. That should make things very simple for all those who wish to see him prosecuted. The prosecution should just submit the Quran in it’s entirety. That should shut these extremists up from giving our beautiful religion a bad name. Shame on you Qadri!!! You can not take God’s work in your hands. Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Don’t hang him. Throw him in the sea. We don’t need a shrine for angry mullahs to rally around.

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  • mf hussain
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:03PM

    GOOD!. Buts lets hope he doesn’t get off in the appeals process

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  • wahab
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Decision challenged in Highcourt already.. and it will go till Supreme court…. slow justice system in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:11PM

    @Anonymous:

    Taseer was killed for supporting Asia
    Bibi. I presume he believe he was
    doing the right thing. Qadri, an Elite
    Force Constable killed him because he
    believed he deserved to be killed.

    Taseer was within the law; Qadri violated the law big time. We have very clear value system to decide what is right and what is wrong and it is all neatly laid down in the non-controversial parts of the law. There is no confusion here, unless you allow yourself to be confused. If there is no law then there is no Pakistani state.

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  • faraz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:29PM

    @Adnan

    Ilm Din killed a person who had written a book against the Prophet. An entire campaign was launched against the author, but no action was taken. Ilm din killed the author 6 years later. In case of Taseer, he only called for reforms in the Blasphemy law. Mainstream ulema never issued any death fatwas against him. How can you compare the two?

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  • Faraz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:49PM

    @rashid:
    my religion does not want me to kill anybody. You do whatever, but please don’t call it our Islam because you are not following Islam, don’t ask Muslims to wake up, we are peaceful people and we don’t want to kill anybody, our religion and our Holy Prophet (PBUH) did not teach us this so please stop using the name of our great religion in trying to do, whatever you guys want to do. Thank God that justice has been done.

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  • Faraz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:53PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    who are you Singh?? You seem to have no idea of what you are talking about! Taseer didn’t say anything against Holy Prophet (PBUH), he spoke against a man-made law and certainly didn’t deserve to be killed. Know the facts/details first before trying to participate in something as if its a matter of your own.

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:55PM

    @alam:
    I agree he should have been hanged on the same day

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  • Aktar Gooner
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:58PM

    I hope Qadri received a fair hearing before he was convicted so that he sees how important it is that Justice prevails. Whilst I am pleased that he was convicted as he decided to be judge jury and executioner in respect of Taseers conduct, I still do not think it is right to execute criminals as it justifies killing. Killing in self defence is ok but cold blooded murder in revenge does not send out the right message to society and will lead to more Qadri’s. Life imprisonment with minimum chance of release at an old age would be more appropriate.

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  • saleem
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:58PM

    The courts should have also taken to task the ones who incited this action, specially the mullah , tv anchor and journalists. They all need to be punished in some way maybe banned from their profession to bring sanity to the society

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 3:59PM

    I never knew that an person/humanbeing can tell weather some one has gone to hell or heven.

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Finally a court in pakistan has served justice – WELL DONE

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Better late then never – now its time to put all those people on trial that helped Qadri arrive at his decision to commit murder – we must make people realise that their will be consequences if they encourage people to murder in the name of God

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  • Rehman Iqbal
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:10PM

    Good decision. I hope that qadri is really executed

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Thanx to Court which tooK gr8 Decision finally , if Qadri Would have led free then it might encouraged other Extremist Elements in our Society as well. So Hanging up is a Nice and fair decision.. Meet News World

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  • dingling
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:15PM

    well done a good decision by the atc court he has no right to decide about the life of a human being and he never said any bad words about prophet muhammed (pbuh) he said that the law is used in a negative way without any evidence

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Thanx to Court which Took Gr8 Decision.. If Qadri would have led free then it might have encouraged other extremist elements in our society.. So as far as courts decision is observed it is Nice and fair Decision. MEET NEWS WORLD

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  • KiJ
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Justice served – swiftly and decisively…

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  • ali
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:23PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    I support your views, I admire your Love and affection for HOLY PROPHET (PEACE BE UPON HIM).
    Qadri got swayed by his sheer love for the Prophet Muhammad( PEACE BE UPON HIM).
    I believe it is all Allah’s will.
    Baba Bullhay Shah Said
    “Dushman Maray Tay Khushi Na Karya Sajna Vi MAr Jana.

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  • American
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:25PM

    @Jehangir:
    Don’t blame the messenger…look at the message.
    That’s what Pakistan is today…and that’s what newspapers will portray.
    Don’t like it…? Do something, but don’t blame the newspaper.

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  • Shayan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Well it all falls into place. Now they wil use his son as the bargaining chip.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Its good verdict. Crime is crime. It should be punished accordingly. No one should be allowed to take law in his own hand.

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  • Max
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Glad that the justice has been served. A criminal is criminal and no clemency for a cold-blood murder. He should be put before a firing-squad and at a public place.

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  • bhai
    Oct 1, 2011 - 4:54PM

    if the mullahs and Qadri butcher had a complaint against Salman Taseer…they should have gone to the court just like everybody else and used the Blasphemy law instead of hurling bullets at Taseer and murdering him…Qadri was appointed as Taseer’s bodyguard and he broke his oath by killing him…shame on those who support such a butchery!!!

    If Prophet PBUH did not punish those who were blasphemers against Allah during the conquest of Mecca…how can he let his own blasphemers be killed??

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 5:00PM

    I am happy that Judgement has been paased on Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self confessed killer of Taseer. But can Pakistani and the Pakistani establishment eliminate and fight out the ideas which have created the Qadris?

    We hope the Pakistanis can get rid of the ideas and elements that are defaming this country and its people. How they will do it its there own internal problem

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  • Chanakya
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:00PM

    @ Sad

    Totally agree.
    Hostage takers of late S Taseer’s son will negotiate pardon for Qadri in lue of release of S. Taseer’s abducted son. The abducters were one step ahead of the court verdictRecommend

  • Muhammad Zafar
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:09PM

    My sympathies are with Qadari. Allah may help him. He has done good job which we cant dare to do. Recommend

  • Lal Bahadur
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Justice in Pakistan has proved that it is above influence and pressure, Qadari should be hanged in public square and from a crane so that those who take law into their own hands, be made aware of the consequences of their action, be it in the name of religion or otherwise. Justice in Pakistan. we are proud of you

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  • Hyder Ali
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Shame on you all who insult the man so in love with our final Prophet (SAW), shame on you for trying to embrace the western ideology of secularism, shame on you for abusing a man whose belief in Allah is so strong that he is smiling at the face of death. No one has the right to judge but Allah Almighty. I do not support his act, but what I do support is his steadfast belief.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:25PM

    Put the supporters in jail too

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  • Shahzad
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:43PM

    I known every1 happy abt justice done bt remember the sailkot case how long it take for justice
    On salman taseer case with in six months case has done y ???

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:46PM

    @Faiz:
    Please dont get carried way that this Diggvijay Singh is a former minister and controversial spokes-person of India’s Congress party but you may call him as Zaid Hamid from India or Pakistan with good command and control over english language and providing some entertainment to Pakistanis by writing serious looking anti-India stuff.

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  • lobe
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:48PM

    @Diggvijay Singh: Come on give me a break why do you have to bring BJP into our countries affair

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 5:48PM

    His hanging is not enough. CRUSH THE BLASPHEMY LAW as well.

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  • Mr. Right
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Brave & right decision. Thanks to jury who stood right to her oath. At the same time, I hope higher court won’t reverse it.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Decision challenged in Highcourt
    already.. and it will go till Supreme
    court…. slow justice system in
    Pakistan!

    Oh man, this Qadri guy is having second thoughts about dying and supposedly going straight to heaven. May be he’s not sure of his doing after all.

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  • Maria
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Finally justice is served and now the killer should accept his punishment.

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  • Dr. Saifurrehman
    Oct 1, 2011 - 5:55PM

    In my view it is very good decision by ATC in the light of laws of country. It will discourage evil doer people. Salman taseer was the hope for oppressed minorities of Pakistan, because in the name of the religion, there have been serious human rights violations since the 1973 Constitution were changed to accommodate amendements in the name of blasphemy. This has made the lives of members of minority communities miserable. Vested interests have made the most of these draconian laws in the wake of personal hatred and killed many an innocent person in the name of blasphemy. There is a need to redo the law, removing the draconian clauses so that no vested interest should be able to exploit the law. By eliminating such clauses no one would be able to become malik mumtaz qadri, no would would make wrong use of law for evil means.

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  • let there be peace
    Oct 1, 2011 - 6:05PM

    sorry to say that Mumtaz Qadri will be folk hero in Pakistan after few years. I read the comments of people. It seems he has already become a folk hero in Pakistan!

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Great decision, courts should decide who did blasphemy, individuals have no right to take actions on their own!

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  • bashir
    Oct 1, 2011 - 6:43PM

    Salman Taseer was a man of principle. A bold person . He was a ray of hope against extremism and ‘jahil ‘ mullas who want to kill anyone at their own wish. ST may you rest in peace. A good decision by the court. . The govt should arrange for the security of the judge.

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  • Zach Khan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 6:46PM

    Justice is served. That is all I am going to say. I have been following the whole Taseer fiasco very closely. I believe the supporters of Qadri (those that call him a hero), have made it harder for people to even sympathize with him. That is why people are calling to hang him in public – but its wrong. In the end, the court has set an example that the constitution and law will not bend over backwards to appease the religious loudmouths who want everything their way.Recommend

  • Sindhvoice
    Oct 1, 2011 - 7:09PM

    It’s good to know that Justice has prevailed.This case should be a model case to give a strong signal to all extremists and fundamentalists that no one is above the Law and their terrorist activities are no more acceptable and they can’t shut the sane voices with bullets. They can terrorize people but they cant stop the progressive,sane and civilized voices. For a new beginning, table has to be turned to project liberal, tolerant and progressive social system, only then we can attain peace and prosperity. In spite of all such extremism in Pakistan,the curious case is with Sindh, which is safe because of people’s deep respect for Sufi-ism, and pluralism. Sindhi version of Sufi-ism could also help dilute the rising extremism because it has practically proved its worth as it has saved Sindhi people to become extremists.

    Anyways,We wish in our Pakistan, a land of pure, she could be become pure and free from of all sort of extremism,fascism and fundamentalism.

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 1, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @Digvijay Singh.

    You are a humanist and you write “But Salman Taseer was also wrong to some extent. The authority people need to be sensitive towards the most cherished emotions of the masses. “

    This coming from a humanist…ha ha ha LOL…by saying this, if you are a humanist, you make Zaid Hamid sound like an angel.

    I don’t give a hoot about what you say about BJP/RSS, being a Pakistani.

    You try too hard to fool yourself.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Oct 1, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Well done courts for your decision.The extremist forces should be defeated in order to usher in new era of peace, progress and liberty in our country.There is no place for any extremism in any civilized society and let’s all struggle to promote culture of tolerance, respect, liberty and freedom of speech.

    Salman Taseer was bold man and he struggled for a greater cause and his death will always be remembered as martyr of the struggle for progressive and tolerant Pakistan.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Some good news, judiciary is improving its performance in Pakistan.

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  • usman
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:12PM

    I am against capital punishment. I do not think anyone has the right to take a life.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:21PM

    @narayana murthy:
    Atleast Zaid Hamid is original but he is fake, neither here nor there.

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  • zubair
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Everyone who is against the Qadri and appriciate the ATC decision is part of anti Islam. Either they may be christ, Jews or Qadiyani. Qadri is Ghazi-e-Millat. He done that thing which Govt. have to do.

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  • Abdullah
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:40PM

    @editor and all people above…………………………….

    I think the best way to tackle this issue was that supreme court first make a comittee consisting of ulamas from sunni, shia , deobandi and all sects and decide that if salman taseer was guilty of Blasphemy . if yes than mumtaz qadri should let go free as in Islam a blashmey person should be killed…we donot need to wait for court. but if salman taseer found innocent than mumtaz qadri should be punished. Basically our justice system also follows zionist and america. can we do a justice like iran and saudi arabia.

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  • PAKISTANI
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Right Decision..He must be hanged in public..alongwith his lovers…Recommend

  • Faiz
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:46PM

    @R S JOHAR:

    Okay, thanks for in-time information.

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  • Jawad
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:52PM

    justice had been done…anybody had problem with state, justice system or anything else shall either play part to correct it or move to a place where u find peace…

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:53PM

    He will remain sentenced…not hanged.

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  • hina
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Hang him because he killed a human being! Well done court.

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  • Timmy
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:35PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied. However, if the correct decision is made, it should be lucid and public so that Qadri’s supporters feel demoralized and think twice before rioting.Recommend

  • Timmy
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:36PM

    @zubair
    Think with your mind, not your ignorant heart.
    You’re not the only muslim here on this thread.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Where in Islam has it been said for Munafiq ,Muslim, Kafir or mushrik to be slain if he or she let loose a few foul remarks about Islam or even against our beloved last prophet (PBUH). There has been unambiguous example of tolerance that was set by our Prophet (SAW) about dealing with non Muslims in religious matters.Can anyone remember the incident of bazaar of TAIF where our prophet(PBUH) was pelted (NAWUZUBILLAH) by enemies of Islam, can any one remember the disdainful and rancorous habit of an old non Muslim women who used to throw filthy things on our prophet, and later when she fell sick and could not be seen out for days our prophet went to see her by himself and can anybody produce any record of blasphemy law that had been promptly made by SAHABAS and implemented on any one.In fact we are unfortunate that a cunning party who itself was against the creation of Pakistan took hold of every religious matters here and became the mother party of all so called fanatic religious parties that grew in the supervision of this notorious and cunning Party.And this was the only Party who was very close to a dictator .These are the affects that we are bearing in Pakistan being embarrassed before the outside world.Nothing can distort our divine rules, nothing can diminish the image of Islam by any other means. No power has ever been able to make any dent on Islam.but yes we should be cautious by our Munafiqeen that are infinite times dangerous for Islam.We just send LA’ANAT on them who say something obnoxious to our Prophet or Sahabas. Islam always provide opportunities for the non believers , may be someday they will turn around. and be a better Muslim than we are now.

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  • Khan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:44PM

    Which Islam are we talking abouot, Shia, Sunee, Dewbandi, Barelwi, Ahmadi, Bahaie, Agakhani, Fatehi, SHafehi, Hambali, Hanafi or Just a muslim with a good character….

    Wake up People…Most of these laws made by Hazrat Umar , do you think he is a prophet or GOD ?? Whay cant we add DNA test to justify rape.. are we out of our mind ????
    WAKE UP!!!!

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  • Raza
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Even if Salman Taseer was guilty, Qadri does not get right to kill him. Shame on Brelvi mullahs whi cry when deobandi Taleban kill them for shirk; that is in the name of Islam, just watch the interview of a to be suicide bomber arrested injured from DG Khan mazar.

    Courts should show such courage against others killers in the name of Islam as Malik Ishaq and others,

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  • FGayTaliban
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:03PM

    Hang him and all the terrorist groups spread out through Pakistan (Haqqani, Extremist Mullahs, Taliban….)

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  • Hasan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:08PM

    It’s only the illiterate, like Mr Qadri, who protest and are supporting him.

    Only if we had invested all the aid coming to Pakistan for decades into education, we’d have been a nation without extremists.

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  • anybodyagree
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:09PM

    @zubair:
    dont b so rude mister declearing others jews or Qadiyani if they differ with u.Recommend

  • moulanamaududi
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:16PM

    How Much We Will Hear From These “Right To Speak” Warriors ?Anyone Who Has Some Time Started Criticizing Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallahu Allahi Wassslam),Do They Even Know He Was The Prophet of Mercy? He Never Killed Innocent ,Never Abused Anyone ,Never Married Children’s,He Never Got Lust Over Sons Daughter, Never Slept With Slaves ,He Was a Broad-Minded Rationalist Whose Moto Was Never To Hate Anyone Then Why These People Started Calling Him With Bad Words ,Why They Started Abusing Universal Scientific Laws Of Allah(Subhan Wa Talla) ?*

    And its Said You Get What Yo Do (karma),So Taseer Got His Price And May Allah Bless Quadri The Pious Man For His Achievements For Islam May he Get Swaab And Jannah
    Ameen :|*

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  • saleem
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:38PM

    @hyder ali, Qadri was a murderer pure and simple , any excuse of love for ….doesnt count .
    @abdullah,

    We are human beings , with a country , constitution and court of law.Therefore blasphemy is also a law which was made by people in this country and can be amended, revoked as per the desire of the members of parliamant. The courts simply follow the laws and if considered bad laws they can comment on it ,however the laws are man made and can be amended

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  • goggi
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:50PM

    “Why do humans kill humans to show humans killing is wrong?” – Amnesty International
    Most of the above comments are from bloodthirsty and revengeful people. The collective euphoria of the society welcoming the murder of this brainwashed human clearly demonstrates, that the society in general is as backward, sick and retarded as this religious fanatic.

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  • Not a Mountain Rat
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:54PM

    If Mumtaz Qadri and his supporters have pure hearts, let them not appeal or for that matter even criticize this decision.

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  • Javed Ashraf
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @zubair:
    For all who write in favor of Qadri, I wish you had seen the TV news report immediately after Salman Taseer’s assasination: Mumtaz Qadri was sitting in the police van grinning and winking to someone off-camera – very much an indication of pre-meditation and nothing whatsoever to do with religous fervour. Wake up: he is nothing but a cold blooded murderer and his action has nothing to do with blasphemy or Islam. Justice should and will be served.

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  • Zarmeena Ahmed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:36PM

    May all who act as he(qadri) did share his fate…

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  • Nabeel
    Oct 2, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Liberal extremists won the match using D/L method!!!

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  • hassan khan
    Oct 2, 2011 - 12:52AM

    i think shahbaz taseer was kidnapped for bargaining for compromise to cancel the death sentence…someone had planned for future days well ahead of time…but atleast terrorists have more future vision than our public and incompetent establishment.

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  • basharit
    Oct 2, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Until this great Nation is called the Islamic republic of Pakistan NO-ONE will dare hang this great warrior. If he is then we will see the real power of the public of Pakistan. So say what you want it will never happen. The appeal will be lodged and accepted our Ghazi will get life in prison untill the current goverment changes then he will be set free.

    Disagree with me all you want but this is exactly what will happen.

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  • Oct 2, 2011 - 1:06AM

    Allah hu Akbar :)

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  • Oct 2, 2011 - 1:22AM

    Hang him before new drama starts.

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  • SH
    Oct 2, 2011 - 1:32AM

    “This decision was made to please the Jewish lobby,” Fools teach religion and can’t understand that actions have consequences.
    And when “angry supporters attack passing cars with sticks”…..sighRecommend

  • ahmer
    Oct 2, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Mumtaz Qadri is a hero,he did the right thing and i dont understand why these so call liberal Pakistanis are making it a big issue why dont they realize that Pakistan is a Muslim Country and how could someone even dare to change Blasphemy Law in a Muslim Country.

    @Diggvijay Singh You are right religion is a sensitive issues and a man from the government,needed to show more maturity and statesmanship.

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  • ravi
    Oct 2, 2011 - 2:23AM

    Im sorry if anybody passes a bad comment about your religious head or has a different opinion than you about your god they do no deserve death no matter what this silly Blasphemy law says. Even if they mock your god or beliefs they are entitled to do so. God sent us to live as free thinking human beings. He didnt send us to take life when we please. Next I can just kill someone cause I disagree with them and then quote my religious text and say that my religion commands me to do so.

    Just because someone has a differing opinion does not make them any less of a human being. Qadri took a life and deserves to be punished. He has no right to kill anyone. People trying to justify his act by saying he was defending islam are a joke. Its a shameful act and people defending his actions should burry their heads in the ground. Salman Taseer right or wrong did not deserve death.

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  • ravi
    Oct 2, 2011 - 2:35AM

    @Abdullah:
    You need help. So with your logic I can kill someone and if the court finds that the person was guilty later I should be let off free. People like you are the reason Pakistan is in the position it is today.
    @moulanamaududi:
    What kind of religion is your version of Islam where if some one criticizes the prophet they deserve death. We are inquisitive humans and part of the reason we have made so many discoveries over time is because we question everything from why the sun rises from the east, why do things fall down and not float away when we drop them ….. and whether god really exists. You are entitled to your belief as is everyone else. If you have the right to kill to defend your belief than so does every one else. You are just pathetic.

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  • GmC
    Oct 2, 2011 - 2:41AM

    A brave judge INDEED. Bon Courage Sir

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  • Saeed Ahmad
    Oct 2, 2011 - 2:52AM

    U r 100% right

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  • nadia kirmani
    Oct 2, 2011 - 2:55AM

    It should be remember that it is a verdict of trail court.Now the appeal will move in appellate court and the verdict of trail court could be revoke there.So on this stage ,people who follow him should control their sentiments .As he confessed his offence on the religious grounds ,he should not go in appeal.On the other hand ,Shahbaz Taseer,who is the prosecutor in this case is still not recover.His recovery will also related the verdict of appellate court.

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  • sohail ahmad
    Oct 2, 2011 - 7:02AM

    Just has been done ———-no one can be allowed to take the life of other —————we support this decision ——-

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  • Anisa
    Oct 2, 2011 - 8:08AM

    I know this may sound controversial to many..
    But I am proud that our courts have started to take BRAVE decisions.. after the Sialkot Killing incident’s decision by court, this is another major step towards a probably civilized and humane nation.
    Law and Order should not be in the hands of the public, people should realize this by now, no matter what the circumstances maybe.

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  • Asif Ali
    Oct 2, 2011 - 9:16AM

    We need this kind of justice in Quetta also. Come on jury, you can safe this country.

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  • m.javed
    Oct 2, 2011 - 9:26AM

    Death of extremism.Recommend

  • Omer
    Oct 2, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Time to stand up to these extremists.

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  • AN
    Oct 2, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Kudis to the judge! Finally justice prevailed. Now Taseer family will find some solace.

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  • Dr.Nasir Ali
    Oct 2, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Justice is, when a poor man commits a crime he receives the same punishment a rich/influential man will receive for committing the same crime. Is this what has happened? The crime he committed deserves the punishment he has been sentenced to, but is this happening in every case in Pakistan or sometimes some people pay “blood money” and get away with such crimes? We all know the answer; hope so.

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  • shujjat
    Oct 2, 2011 - 11:58AM

    It should have been life sentence rather then the Death sentence! :)

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  • AN
    Oct 2, 2011 - 12:05PM

    “By punishing one Mumtaz Qadri, you will produce a thousand Mumtaz Qadris!” one man shouted through a megaphone outside the jail.

    Ok. If it comes down to this then we are ready to hang all of them. However, let this decision be finalized. We will celebrate this verdict with all supporters of Qadri.

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  • Indian
    Oct 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    @Diggvijay Singh: I know u r an impostor…But let me ask u sth?India is a hindu majority state as Pakistan is a muslim majority.If some muslim christain r any1 insults my religion or God (in my perception),do I have a right to kill him.There is something called TOLERANCE which is not found in the people who carried out GODHRA Train burning of hindus,and the POST_GODHRA riots in which muslims were killed and the likes of Mumtaz Qadri.There are so many pakistanis commenting on this forum and a majority is condemning the killing of SALAMAN TASEER.If u have sharp memory GRAHAM STAINES was killed in INDIA by some fanatics of my religion for spreading CHRISTANITY,and the killers’(dara singh)views were quite similar to that of qadri.He also recited gita..It is the fear of the violence conducted in the name of one religion that is used by the bigots in the other religion to preach hate.Even Jinnah and Nehru were opposed to each other’s views,what should they have done-killed each other?That s wat proper education brings in u.

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  • Oct 2, 2011 - 2:17PM

    ..what about Qadri’s betrayal of trust also being a heinous crime??

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  • Diogenes
    Oct 2, 2011 - 8:06PM

    @Digvijay Singh

    Well played, sir. Well played.

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  • nadia
    Oct 2, 2011 - 9:24PM

    Mumtaz Qadri did right. ghustakhi e Rasool shudnt be allowed by a person at this post, salman was brought to justice, where noone can else could do it, coz he was backed by nonmuslims and those who insult our religion and to prove them, we are puppets Qadri has been sentenced. its a shame for islamic country.

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  • Qudsia
    Oct 2, 2011 - 11:30PM

    I hope Pakistani government is ready to brace violent protests that are inevitable as a result of announcing this verdict. This would be a good time to take a very hard stance against the supporters of religious extremism and move toward taking back charge of the country.

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  • kerm
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:08AM

    @ nadia
    Ask yourself whether Salman was a ghustakhi e Rasool or not? Don’t insult the dead man and countless like him who suffered because of blasphemy law. He was killed as a result of misunderstanding and you know that very well. He criticized the law. Is that blasphemy?

    Anyway i can’t wait for the hanging of Qadri. He should be made an example.

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  • Haider
    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:43AM

    @rashid:
    worth reading

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  • Haider
    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:51AM

    It took too long for the court to give judgement about a simple broad daylight case of murder in which the accused is confessing the crime from very first day, on the other hand in a country like Pakistan where no one is safe from extremists or criminals, we ought to salute the Judge who will might to paying very heavy price for his decision. He must be knowing it. Who says we don’t have men of honor in Pakistan.

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  • Jam Sadiq Ali
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:23AM

    When the ATC announced it’s verdict, a hope of life with dignity emerged, this evil satanic verse of a creature and others like him need to be eliminated from decent law abiding societies, there can not be, and shall not be a time where people are allowed to take the law in their own hands, then go back and try to take cover of religion, these warped,demented,sick youths who we see on TV screens need to be monitored for future conduct in society. Mr Taseer may have uttered words not so favourable to some who suffer from indigestion of reality in life, but there can never ever be justification for this heinous act of cold blooded murder.
    Qadri in my opinion should be hanged till death, his body placed down and then be presented to wild pigs for consumption for we cannot have this resident evil to flourish under any circumstances, moderates please come out and celebrate the departure of a callous cold blooded heartless murderer.

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  • Maqbool
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:29AM

    Excellent decision no space for killers and murderers in our society, pl don’t justify or defend killers no matter who. This murderer should be hanged from the minar e Pakistan So positive message goes out to the world

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  • Sunny
    Oct 3, 2011 - 6:24AM

    It is very nice to hear that a justice system still alive in Pak .otherwise these religious extremist ( molvie) has changed the entire meaning of Islam .

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  • aqeel arf awan
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:52AM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    qadri made us ashmed before the whole world.i think this is the just decision of the ATC.may ALLAH give us the courage to prevent such act in the future.

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  • Lone Star
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:30AM

    qadri has done irrecoverable damageRecommend

  • Dilshad Qamar
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:14PM

    @Pakistani Mentality:
    Salman,Mr.Asif Ghardari,Malik,Galni and his son and team was doing great job since they serving pak.Whole pakistan is happy with them.This shows that they will not go hell.

    Salman was take caring of poor people saying prayer and doing all things that a noble man should do?

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  • Aurangzeb
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Its time to say no to so-called ashq-e-muhammad…

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  • Farooq
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Hazrat Umer has made all laws in the light of Quran ans Sunna, first read the history of islam and then write any thing. Wake Up Khan

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  • surj1936
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:09AM

    @Hyder Ali:
    You have spoken like a true muslim. is there any wonder that muslims are hated all over the world now. You and the likes of you keep up the good work, so the world come to know the evils of Islam.

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  • basharit
    Oct 4, 2011 - 3:53AM

    Long Live Ghazi Mumtaz Qadri

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:57AM

    @basharit: “Long Live Ghazi Mumtaz Qadri”who cares about Pakistan

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  • uzair
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:27AM

    he took law into his hands,but does any1 believes that law exists in pak??
    if qadri would hav asked the court to decide taseer’s fate,no1 will ever believe that court conducts a fair trial against a ruling governer,so it was the only option for qadri,i think his act was justified,he will b rewarded for that in life hereafter

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  • aqeel
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:44AM

    At last justice has been done,courageous contribution by the ATC judge to bring extrmist to justice.May Allah give us the power to say wrong is wrong no matter what hardship comes in its way.
    Allah bless our country.

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  • rasheeda
    Oct 5, 2011 - 8:34AM

    @aafaq ali khan very good comment

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  • Jimi islamist
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Qadri Sahib should be burried with either AbuLahab’s grave or Abu Jahal’s grave , I will althogh vote for Abu Jahal. Why,? ok , Abu jahal was actually known as “Abu al-Hakam” (translated to English as “Father of Wisdom”, i.e. he was considered a wise man amongst the Quraysh) & as I now understand Qadri Sahib is also considered wise man among his like minders.

    I REQUEST CIVIL SOCIETY TO START COMPAIGN FOR RETURNING THOSE MORTAL REMAINS OF QADRI SAHIB TO SAUDI ARAB . PLEASEE COME FORWARD.

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 3:45AM

    @Sunny:

    My dear Sunny: Justice is definitely alive in pakistan at the lower level but the same is never heard or seen being done by the apex courts. Qadri will definetely be released by the superior courts because judges are scared of terrorist groups.

    Judges and journalists are not safe in that country. They can’t dare to open their mouth against “organised crime” either in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab or any other part of the country my dear “Naive” Sunny.

    It’s a time to pray for humanity and my loving Pakistan.

    Mussarat Hussain

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  • ahad
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @ishaq:
    where were you when an American spy killed two innocent Pakistani?were they not human beings or you don’t have guts to say anything for those as they were Pakistanis.
    Taseer was not an Islamic scholar so he should have been very careful in saying such remarks about the law which is very dear to every Muslim.tell me how many people have been killed before this very event because of this law?
    not even a single person!
    it was just because taseers usual habit of poking his nose everywhere and not caring about the religious and spiritual sentiments of the Muslims.
    He was himself responsible for his death.
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  • janjua
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Shame on you all who insult the man so in love with our final Prophet (SAW), shame on you for trying to embrace the western ideology of secularism, shame on you for abusing a man whose belief in Allah is so strong that he is smiling at the face of death. No one has the right to judge but Allah Almighty. I do not support his act, but what I do support is his steadfast belief.
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