I respect Pakistan's Constitution more than Qadri's religious sentiments: CII chairman

Maulana Sherani says Salmaan Taseer's killer punished for taking law into his own hands


Sarfaraz Memon March 01, 2016
Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

SHIKARPUR: Council of Islamic Ideology chairman Maulana Mohammad Sherani on Monday said Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, was punished for taking the law into his own hands.

“No one is above the law,” the CII chairman said while speaking to journalists in Shikarpur. Maulana Sherani maintained that although Qadri was driven to kill Taseer by religious sentiments, the murder was illegal because he took the law into his own hands.

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“I respect Qadri’s religious sentiments but I respect Pakistan’s Constitution more,” he added.

Regarding, the women protection bill, Maulana Sherani said there was no need to legislate a law for women’s protection when they already had all rights secured in all respects under Sharia laws according to the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

“The Punjab Assembly women protection bill is against Article 6 of the Constitution and any person violating the Constitution should be punished,” the CII chairman said regarding the bill recently passed in the provincial assembly.

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“The bill is a violation of Islamic laws and cannot be accepted,” he added.

The CII chairman opposed all bills being passed by assemblies without recommendations of the council. The CII was a constitutional body, therefore, every bill should be brought to Parliament in the light of its recommendations, he said.

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

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

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