Mumtaz Qadri laid to rest amid tight security

Published: March 2, 2016
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Life in Rawalpindi came to a standstill as thousands turn out for funeral, schools remained closed, metro suspended. PHOTO: REUTERS

Life in Rawalpindi came to a standstill as thousands turn out for funeral, schools remained closed, metro suspended. PHOTO: REUTERS

Life in Rawalpindi came to a standstill as thousands turn out for funeral, schools remained closed, metro suspended. PHOTO: REUTERS PHOTO: AFP

RAWALPINDI: Tens of thousands of supporters turned out in Rawalpindi on Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, amid heavy deployment of law enforcers and tight security.

He was buried in Bhara Kahu near Islamabad.

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Life in Rawalpindi came to a standstill on Tuesday as schools remained closed, the metro suspended and shops in Raja Bazaar, on Muree Road and Commercial Market were shuttered. The three major hospitals also remained on alert.

Security forces, deployed in force, kept a careful distance from the crowds. Junctions and sensitive buildings in Rawalpindi and Islamabad – including the metro — were guarded by thousands of police officials and paramilitary Rangers. Snipers were deployed on highrise buildings overlooking the crowds.

Ahead of Qadri’s funeral in Rawalpindi, thousands of people converged on Liaquat Bagh from across the country.

While the funeral prayers were scheduled for 2 pm, crowds which had been gathering since late night on Monday had filled the ground and the area around it by 11 am with participants making queues on Murree Road from Marrir Chowk to Chandni Chowk.

Mumtaz Qadri: From Ghazi to Shaheed

In wake of the massive turnout and the charged atmosphere, Qadri’s body was moved from his family home in Sadiqabad at around 11.30am. But the six kilometre journey to Liaquat Bagh took around four hours as supporters swarmed the ambulance which was carrying his body all the while chanting slogans and showering it with flowers.

According to one estimate, at least 100,000 people attended the funeral.

His funeral prayers were finally offered at 3.45pm. Pir Haseenuddin, the administrator of Jamia Rizvia Ziaul Aloom, Sabzi Mandi, Rawalpindi and chief caretaker of Tanzeemul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan, led the funeral prayers.

Other prominent figures including Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq, Sunni Tehreek chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, former federal religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi, and well-known Ahl-e-Sunnat Rawalpindi leader Qari Hanif Qurehsi were among those who attended.

The most incisive commentary on Mumtaz Qadri’s execution

No prominent political figure attended the funeral.

Following the funeral prayers, most of the people dispersed peacefully as Qadri’s body was escorted by his supporters to Attal in Bhara Kahu for burial.

The former bodyguard had been executed at the Adiala Jail early Monday morning for assassinating 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.

A review petition of Qadri was also turned down by the top court on December 14 last year, leaving him with the last option to file a clemency appeal to the president.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Sane Voice
    Mar 2, 2016 - 10:56AM

    May ALLAH forgive us all and forgive him and have mercy on us all and on him as well…………….Recommend

  • Saleem
    Mar 2, 2016 - 11:42AM

    Why the Ruet-e-Hilal committee chief and political party leaders had to attend the funeral of a criminal ? To his supporters, well he is a Shaheed and he worked all his life to get buried so lets celebrate it and not mourn it ? Anyway they selected the date of 29/Feb which is a conspiracy so we can not celebrate for next four years !Recommend

  • SuperbMan
    Mar 2, 2016 - 12:39PM

    @Saleem:
    Can celebrate on Hijri calender .. And now He deserves to be awarded Nishanay Haider on Not only saving state but saving religion…Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Mar 2, 2016 - 1:26PM

    Former ‘religious affairs’ federal minister attends the funeral. That alone the sums up our predicament. Recommend

  • Owais
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:30PM

    Harmoney is not Where are those peoples who believe in freedom of expression and speak. Why did Government of Pakistan stop coverage of funeral of Mumtaz Qadri and why did stop citizens of Pakistan for express their opinion and sympathy with this person. Recommend

  • Muhammad Shahid
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:44PM

    Open your eyes and watch every side then you will know about public quantity.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:53PM

    I am amazed at Qadri supporters boasting of size of his funeral procession. Zia-ul-Haq had a much larger procession but where is he now? Almost none of Zia’s old supporters go there any more.Recommend

  • massa crackA
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:31PM

    If this execution is justified then why Ilam-uddin who murdered a Hindu for publishing “Rangeela Rasool” in 1925 is not?. Quaid-e-Azam defended him in British Court of law and Allama Iqbal led the funeral Prayers and said; “An uneducated person surpassed all of the us”. Remember these two our national heroes.Recommend

  • Ashiq
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Yes shahid Bhai , there were millions of people’s there , one report says that 4 & half kilometres were people’s gathered .
    Subhaan Allaah Recommend

  • Ashiq
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:53PM

    Pakistan government and media showed no respect to this honourable shaheed mumtaz qadri r.a but public have shown a great solidarity , great respect , great love .
    It’s always hard to take people’s out of their houses for gatherings but these people’s were came like ocean and spread whole over that means it clearly shows that Allaah has gathered these people to pay last respect to their beloved shaheed . Recommend

  • Fahim
    Mar 3, 2016 - 2:10PM

    @Hameed:
    There is a difference because zia was president and Qadri was a police constable. Recommend

  • salman taseer
    Mar 4, 2016 - 2:33AM

    he was rightly executed. he should have been publicly hanged in my opinion. Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindaabad
    Mar 4, 2016 - 10:51AM

    When Law doesn’t punish Blasphemer then people take the law in Hands.
    Governor had immunity and no one could resister case against him. Recommend

  • omg
    Mar 4, 2016 - 2:15PM

    @salman taseer:

    I agree but atleast he got the punishment for committing MURDER Recommend

  • sterry
    Mar 4, 2016 - 10:13PM

    @Pakistan Zindaabad: Who gets to decide who is blaspheming against whom? You or me ?Why have laws, police and a society. Why just let everyone decide to carry out punishments whenever they want when they feel it is right? Isn’t that why Syria, Iraq and Arab countries are in a mess. Yu want a jungle ? Sorry we don’t want that in Pakistan !Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Mar 5, 2016 - 12:08AM

    Sometimes even in routine life example you take unsolvable critical matters in your hands instead of referring to others.
    For instance if some person kills my Father/brother. Or in worst case severely dishonour my close blood relation, my world will become darkened and every things is finished for me and even if state do not provide me justice then I will surely plan to find Justice of course and take matters in my own hands on first opportunity even if I may get killed also in that course.
    This is common human nature where you get neglected every manners, humanity and ethics etc.
    Most of you must have watched movies like Taken1,Taken2, Man on fire and other similar movies of revenge relating to “Family”. Even in those movies those Villains (killing machines) are portrayed as heroes as they are killing for justice.Recommend

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