Qadri's act inspired by sermons: Report

Qadri formally confesses to Taseer's murder in court; reportedly provides names of 2 individuals who motivated him.


Afp/express January 10, 2011

RAWALPINDI: Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the assassin of later Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, on Monday formally confessed in court to having murdered Taseer by gunning him down in Kohsar Shopping Centre in Islamabad last week.

According to an Associated press report, Qadri also provided a judge with the names of two men whose sermons inspired the assassination of Governor Taseer. The report cites Qadri as providing a written statement declaring he was motivated after attending a gathering hosted by Shahab-e-Islam, and specifically by Qari Hanif, and another member, Ishtiaq Shah.

Qadri appeared before court on Monday and was sent on judicial remand to Adiyala jail for the next fourteen days. He said he had committed the murder out of his own will. He said he had not planned or discussed the assassination with anyone and that he had been planning it for more than three days when he was deployed for the security of the governor.

Qadri admitted that he had carried out the assassination because of the statements Taseer had made about the blasphemy law.

Members of the main ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), to which Punjab provincial governor Taseer belonged, had suggested that his killing was part of a wider plot, and slammed security failures that led to his death. Questions have been asked about why no policeman or guard apparently made an attempt to overpower the 26-year-old gunman.

Police presented Qadri before Justice Malik Akram Awan in the Rawalpindi Anti Terrorism Court on Monday. He was brought into the court under a heavy contingent of police.

Qadri was not due in court until Tuesday, but officials said he was brought to a closed hearing in Rawalpindi a day early after officially confessing to the crime, infuriating defence lawyers who said they were not invited.

"The move was to avoid arguments from the defence," defence lawyer Malik Waheed Anjum told AFP. "None of our lawyers could attend the court because we didn't know about the proceedings."

But Joya told AFP, "They did not summon the defence lawyers because they did not feel the need. We did not deceive the defence, because we presented him in the court according to law."

Qadri will now be presented in front of the Anti Terrorism Court on January 24.

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Haque | 10 years ago | Reply @jahil_awam: totally agreed with u man!
Syed Z Hasan | 10 years ago | Reply There is no doubt that Islam and its Prophet have enemies who would do and say any malicious things that they can come up with. However, death sentence for any criticism of the Prophet is quite un-Islamic, because the Prophet himself did never order a death sentence for anyone who attacked or insulted him during his lifetime. He always forgave such people in the hope that they would realize the wrongs of their ways and rectify themselves. Indeed God sent him to mankind not to judge or punish us, but to warn us about the hereafter since God wanted to give us the opportunity to rectify ourselves. When someone is killed that opportunity is taken away from that person, while only God Himself has the right to make that decision. The blasphemy laws of Pakistan therefore stand in God's ways and need amendment for that reason. The moderate Muslims of Pakistan need to confront the extremists not from a western ideological standpoint, but from the standpoint of the true interpretations of Qur'an and Sunnah. An article of interest on this point can be found on: "http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Blasphemy-and-the-Islamic-way/articleshow/7248000.cms"
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