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

Published: March 1, 2016
Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

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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  • Fahad
    Mar 1, 2016 - 2:21PM

    Yeah no one is above the law EXCEPT Raymond Davis, NATO guys who attacked us at Salala. US Seals who raided Abbotabad, US drones, Ayan Ali, Shahrukh Jatoi and the list goes on.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Mar 1, 2016 - 3:38PM

    well if the victim family could make a deal with qadri, only then he could become raymond davis! Taseer family really didnt wanted any deal but the punishment!

    Qadri was mislead by his ignorance and wrong perception about the person he killed and driven only by his own motive or emotions.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Mar 1, 2016 - 4:17PM

    Thanks to General Raheel and our brave army that no one has dared to break law after Qadri’s execution. Coward civilian administration is still trying to make it a public event but it would fail too.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 1, 2016 - 4:20PM


    Hanging Qadri is a good start. Don’t you think?Recommend

  • PakPower
    Mar 1, 2016 - 5:35PM

    My speculation, government to have tough days now onwards… But the best way is to award Nishanay Haider to Martyer..!!Recommend

  • Syedpk
    Mar 1, 2016 - 6:11PM

    Reymond david paid Diyat and then he was released as per law. Recommend

  • Abdul
    Mar 1, 2016 - 6:14PM

    The hanging of Mumtaz Qadri is not a victory for justice. It is an affirmation of a failed state that will;

    A) Execute those from poor and powerless backgrounds for taking the life of one powerful man whilst letting those that kill thousands of common people occupy political office and/or influence with no similar moves being taken against them

    B) Ignore the fact that the State does not reflect the values of the masses as it affords a tiny minority of secularists a massively disproportionate ability to influence laws and state policies in their favour, leading to a sense of frustration and helplessness for the common man as their mainstream beliefs are ignored and mocked by the powerful, thus promoting the idea of vigilantism

    C) Not address the underlying causes of justice not being delivered to anyone, either from minorities or the majority, due to corruption and the ability of criminal politicians to shape laws to protect themselves by utilising the democratic framework in Parliament

    D) Use the single point of blasphemy laws as an excuse to divert attention from above failings that affect every law and the availability of justice in general, which stem from the secular framework being promoted

    E) Continue to silence the popular call for Islamic governance, by using the Qadri case as a symbol of what this governance would mean and smears of Daesh, in order for Pakistan to remain a subservient client secular state that does not pose a threat to colonial designs for the region by pursuing policies like the National Action Plan and preventing it from becoming a powerful independent state as the Khilafah that would upset the global order.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Mar 1, 2016 - 7:04PM

    So because others got away with crime, this man should too?Recommend

  • MadHatter
    Mar 1, 2016 - 7:11PM

    wait a second…. The Protection Law is against Article 6 of the Constitution…. isn’t Article 6 High Treason….!?!?!?! Giving women their rights and protecting them from violence and assault sexual or otherwise is high treason? What an odd interpretation of the Constitution… this man really look over the Constitution or is Article 6 the only thing he can remember…. dope!Recommend

  • John B
    Mar 1, 2016 - 7:18PM

    Salman Taseer’s death will be in vain if PAK does not repeal its blasphemy law and free all those who are accused of blasphemy, starting with Aasia Bibi. Otherwise, what is the point of sending Qadri to gallows.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Mar 1, 2016 - 8:13PM

    oh come on man. pakistan has been under military rule for around 40 yrs and u r telling me that nobody broke law and people dont protest in military rule. u need to read pakistan history out of pakistan studies books.
    IMHO, people didnt protest 1) due to media not spreading exciting news, 2) label of a certain sect on Qadri, and that sect is not as violent (overall) as the other boys and quick actions of government Recommend

  • Kashif
    Mar 1, 2016 - 8:20PM

    I also appreciate Qadri religious sentiments but he took law in his own hand. Allah knows better about the intentions of someone heart. There were other ways instead qadri taking law in his own hand.
    Secondaly, Raymond Davis, Mustafa Jatoi case is different because victims family made a deal with murderer and in this case taseer family didn’t made a deal and waited for punishment.Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2016 - 8:36PM

    I have never heard about anything by SHIKARPUR:
    Council of Islamic Ideology chairman Maulana Mohammad Sherani…. He and His Council kept on Sleeping while many people died innocently all over Pakistan… and now here he comes out to defend Government. This Council was sleeping when Drone Killed Many, on the Massacre of APS and many other events. Now they are wide awake or may be someone have waken and shaken them up. Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 2, 2016 - 12:28AM

    Thank you Maulana Sherani for a brave and wise opinion.Recommend

  • Nadir Sadiq
    Mar 2, 2016 - 1:28AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish, he should have been hanged in the very first year. No need wasting money on a cold blooded killer.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:00AM

    I respect Pakistan’s constitution said Maulana Sherani. It would have been better if had he said that Qadri was guilty of killing a man under his protection which was highest crime in Islamic jurisprudence..Killing a person on assumptions is not allowed any where in the world.Recommend

  • Simon says
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:29AM

    Raymond did not kill a governor.Recommend

  • Simon says
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:30AM

    None of what you said make senseRecommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2016 - 9:31AM

    Its the duty of every muslim to protect Tahaffuz e Namoose Risalat. Muslims should care only for this law.Recommend

  • Constitutionalist
    Mar 3, 2016 - 12:14AM

    If Pakistanis really want to follow their Constitution at this stage,so what about the murderers of the Model Town Incident?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Mar 3, 2016 - 2:18AM

    @Adeel Ahmed:This law can be used for personal grudges. Even PM or any other official even most renowned Moulavis can be dragged to courts by any stupid person .There is no shortage of false witnessesRecommend

  • Malik
    Mar 3, 2016 - 9:54AM

    Where is Remend Davis now.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Mar 7, 2016 - 4:07AM

    @Malik:What will do to know his whereaboitsRecommend

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