Sunni Tehreek's protest against Qadri verdict turns violent

Published: October 3, 2011

Police chase activists of Jamaat-e-Sunnah and supporters of convicted killer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri during a protest in Lahore on October 3, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Police baton charge activists of Jamaat-e-Sunnah and supporters of convicted killer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri during a protest in Lahore on October 3, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Police chase activists of Jamaat-e-Sunnah and supporters of convicted killer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri during a protest in Lahore on October 3, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Activists of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Sunnah and supporters of convicted killer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, disperse after police fire teargas during a protest in Lahore on October 3, 2011.  PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Members of the Sunni Tehreek clashed with police at the Mall Road on Monday, while protesting against Mumtaz Qadri’s death sentence in Lahore, reported Express 24/7.

Sunni Tehreek, which is a part of Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat Mahaz— a wing consisting of eight different religious groups— started the protest march from Data Darbar accompanied with a heavy deployment of police.

According to Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood, there were about 450-500 supporters of Qadri at the protest. The police shelled the protesters who were pelting stones as a part of their protest.

Mehmood reported that the protesters staged a sit-in and have refused to end the protest.

Earlier, the police were put on high alert to counter possible riots following the death sentence imposed on Qadri. Over the weekend several right-wing political parties and religious groups rallied against the verdict to hang Qadri and some of them have threatened further protests.

Officials in law enforcement agencies said the police were alerted after intelligence suggested that organisations such as Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), an umbrella outfit for several dozen Barelvi outfits, were planning protests that may turn violent, especially in Punjab.

The SIC and Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat Mahaz also announced that they would mark October 7 as a “black day” and organise protests all over the country.

The Lahore High Court recently banned rallies on The Mall after traders who work in the area moved a petition complaining that the protests hurt their businesses.

On Saturday, stick-wielding protestors roamed the markets on The Mall and pressed the traders to shut their stores, according to trader groups.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced Qadri to death on Saturday on two counts for the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. The self-confessed killer’s defence pleas, which invoked religious sentiments and argued the accused was provoked into the act, were dismissed by the court.

Qadri was employed as one of the governor’s bodyguards when he shot Taseer dead in Islamabad on January 4.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • John B
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:43PM

    What happened to the lawyers. Did they join the protests?

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  • Brasstacks
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:44PM

    According to Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood, there were about 450-500 supporters of Qadri at the protest
    I hope that some of these were practicing lawyers as well.

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  • Maricruz
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:45PM
  • Roflcopter
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:21PM

    I support these protests

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  • Nadir
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:26PM

    These guys are defaming Pakistan! They must be on the CIAs-RAW and Mossads payroll!

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  • Jehangir
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Where is Imran Khan? Am sure, he`ll join protests.

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  • S e n o r
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:38PM

    This simply shows how many terrorist and murder/killer supporters we have in Pakistan… Scary!

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  • waqqas iftikhar
    Oct 3, 2011 - 6:03PM

    500….thats nothing…shows how many people actually are extremists.

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  • Oct 3, 2011 - 6:13PM

    the Dharna dudes can join as well … better the punishment is served sooner then later, and these fanatics should be put behind the bars as traitors to the country law.

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  • faraz
    Oct 3, 2011 - 6:21PM

    What the world doesnt know is that these are the peaceful ones. Imagine how virulent are those who are involved in terrorism

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  • S. Yakoshev
    Oct 3, 2011 - 6:49PM

    What acountry? Held at ransom by 500.Recommend

  • vasan
    Oct 3, 2011 - 7:36PM

    The true face of pakistani wahabbists.

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  • Goran
    Oct 3, 2011 - 7:49PM

    why are they protesting, he’ll be a ‘shaheed’ (according to their theory) and hence go to heaven, so what’s the fuss and protests about?

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  • iqbal ahmed
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:05PM

    do not worry, the world do not want to know us anymore…..we can kill ourselves or do whatever we like as long as we donot create further mischief and try to destroy the worlds way of life

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  • Lal Bahadur
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:26PM

    The Mullas love occasions were they get to show off their street dancing skills to the world. Maybe they should issue a Fatwa and declare street dancing and destruction of public property “Jaiz”

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  • Faraz
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:49PM

    I luv the way that bearded is running from the charge of beardless policeman… man i want to see that happening everywhere in pakistan, in fact evrywhere in this world :)Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:56PM

    oh yeah…beat him hard

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  • HammerHead
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:00PM

    The disgruntled Mullas should not protest, since God is the best Judge, Qadri should be sent to God for judgment right away.

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  • Usman
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:58PM

    These mullahs have destroyed us. They are the killers and butchers. No matter what sect they are from if they are preaching hatred, they should be taken on by the people. Dont listen to them. Muslims are far better with out these mullah maniacs

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  • Tariq Shah
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:29PM

    Our nation must be going mad because I dont understand how educated people can support these evil extremists, this is a sad day for Islam and Pakistan. These fools are more interested in killing people for a supposed blasphemy but they will not follow the teaching of the prohphet PBUH who said not to break up your religion into sects, to not create hate among each others ranks, to not kill innocents, but the irony is this group is ready to kill people, and call itself SUNNI TEHREEK as if they were given a license from Allah Naozobillah, and create mayhem in society in the name of a prophet PBUH who was peaceful, who advocated forgiveness, who advocated being kind to minorities. We all know of the story of the Jew woman who used to throw garbage on him when he passed below her house, one day she did not throw garbage and he went to inquire about her health, she was so touched by his kindness she accepted Islam on her deathbed.

    Islam will be spread by example only, not by violence, violence only makes people hate Islam and Muslims, even I hate these fools who support murder in the name of religion, and the rest of the fools who blindly support them.

    I ask the supporters of Qadri, if one day I come and shoot one of your family members dead, and ue an excuse that I did not agree with their religious belief, what will you feel then.

    This is a slippery slope, once you allow one group to do this, then chaos and mayhem will enter society and everyone will have a reason to kill one another, because a mans shalwar was not high enough, or he was not holding arms properly in namaz, or the womans hijab was the wrong style, or the mans beard was not long enough, this becomes madness and we will all suffer as we are suffering today, because one group is killing the other, today we cannot even enter mosques because we have allowed religious gangsters freedom.

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  • AN
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Don’t know what they are protesting about? They should be happy that he is going straight to paradise. What’s the fuss? They should rather be busy in preparing a mausoleum for him. Wasting their time. Aren’t they?

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  • Saleem
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I am sorry to say but all these protestors are Pakistani. After all this is what Pakistan has become – a non-tolerant society.

    I wonder if it is allowed in Islam to kill a human – regardless of what his beliefs/sins are? Can anyone take law into his/her hand and deliver a verdict? If so then let’s decisde first which one of these sects are correct? Aren’t all these mollah’s, who were invented by Zia ul Haq, are as power hungry as our politicians are? They are using religion for their personal gains. If Islam is their religion then they must first learn to show mercy and respect other humans, regardless of their religious beliefs.

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  • Doctor
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:10AM

    Please save the Land of the Pure from the Madmen trying to destroy the country. Stop giving in to the Mullahs and Madmen. Enough is enough.

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  • Asadullah Agha
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:41AM

    Barelvis form the moderate religious force in Pakistan and continuously being targeted for their opposition to Talibans. Those who call them extremists live in a fools’ paradise. Extremist is someone who crosses the line(hadd) drawn by any code (e.g. Islam). We can call Salman Taseer as extremist as he crossed the line drawn by our religion by calling an Islamic Law as ‘Black Law’ and openly declaring Aisa (mal’oon) as innocent. Being Governor of Punjab he was supposed to be neutral under the constitution but he crossed that line too. Since, he was immune from being prosecuted till his governorship lasts, Mr. Qadri (the Ghazi) took the responsibility to impose the hadd again! Courts verdict is not the final one, the final will be played after qayyamah so everyone be patient and wait for it!

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  • Adil
    Oct 4, 2011 - 4:03AM

    All these Mullahs who are damaging public property should be thrown into some zoo and hundred years from now their skeletons will be showcased in some museum.

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  • badmash
    Oct 4, 2011 - 7:31AM

    @Roflcopter: well how bout you join them aswell.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 6:25AM

    who gave them a right to protest in favour of a criminal ???

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  • barkat ali
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:51PM

    Mumtaz Qadri Tere Azmat ko Salam

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  • barkat ali
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Mumtaz Qadri Zindabad

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